Any employee who is liable to come into contact with or disturb asbestos while carrying out their duties is required to be suitable trained. By law employers must ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to those workers who may be exposed to asbestos during the course of their work.


What is Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that has been used in the construction of buildings since the 1950s. It’s main attraction was that it was seen as a good insulator that kept heat in and cold out, on top of this it had high fire protection properties and could protect against corrosion.

However it was later found that exposure to asbestos could lead to detrimental lifelong health conditions or even death. For this reason the use of all asbestos containing materials was banned in 1999. However this still means that there are still an estimated two million buildings which were built before 2000 that could still contain asbestos. Asbestos was regularly used in sprayed coating, pipe insulation, window panels, floor tiles and cement roof sheeting. Asbestos can be hard to indentify as it was very often mixed with other materials, this in turn makes it difficult to know if you’re working with it or not.

Asbestos Awareness training courses overview

There are a wide range of bespoke and comprehensive courses to choose from. All are fully compliant with the highest UK & international standards and can be delivered on site or at purpose built training centres. As a comprehensive course they offer full training to inexperienced operatives on the history of asbestos, along with its properties and uses. Both employers and employees will gain an insight from these programs into the risks associated with working alongside asbestos.

These programs are clearly delivered courses of study which use real life examples to emphasis points and ensure powerful and memorable results. They have been developed by tutors who have real life professional experience in health and safety management. In lessons you will learn about how to safely carry out routine tasks such as fitting and removing masks, bagging asbestos waste as well as controlling hazards and reducing risks. You will learn about what to do if you come across material that contains asbestos, and be able to identify those operations which could result in asbestos exposure. All of this will turn you into a competent individual who will be appropriately trained to undertake any tasks they are given. In essence courses will provide delegates with the basic skills and knowledge they need to stay safe around asbestos.

Teaching is split between classroom based training and practical work sessions. Videos and pictures are used as examples to ensure that students are able to clearly identify asbestos and the various places that it can be found.

Curriculums will provide you with both the knowledge and awareness of working with asbestos that does not require a licence, as well as working with asbestos that does require a licence. Modules are focused on delivering information, instruction and training in key areas such as how to protect yourself, how to avoid exposure to this hidden killer and how to ensure that you meet your legal obligations.
Typical subjects taught on a Asbestos Awareness course

  • Air Monitoring
  • Air Testing
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Asbestos Project Management
  • Asbestos Surveying
  • Asbestos Waste
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Control Measures
  • Decontaminating Airlocks
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Emergency procedures
  • Health & Safety
  • Legal Regulations
  • Managing Asbestos in Buildings
  • Protective Clothing & Equipment
  • Quality Control Monitoring
  • Rescue Techniques
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Survey Planning

You will learn how to

  • Carry out analysis of samples.
  • Assess the risk of anyone who is exposed to asbestos.
  • Deal with an unexpected release of asbestos in a workplace environment.
  • Limit and stop the spread of asbestos fibres outside of an enclosed workplace.
  • Enter, work and leave confined spaces.
  • Use escape breathing apparatus and escape sets.

You will learn about

  • The properties of asbestos.
  • The importance of preventative measures.
  • How asbestos can affect your health.
  • The appropriate use of protective equipment.
  • The responsibilities of employers and employees.
  • The origins of asbestos.
  • How asbestos can enter the body.
  • Procedures for recording, reporting and correcting defects.

Who is an Asbestos Awareness training course suitable for?
Courses are ideal for individuals who will come into contact with asbestos, as well as those with a direct or indirect responsibility for the management of asbestos in their workplace. They are a must for anyone who is liable to be exposed to asbestos when drilling holes in asbestos materials. They are also suitable for other professionals such as;

  • Burglar Alarm Installers
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Workers
  • Demolition Workers
  • Fire Alarm Installers
  • Heating Engineers
  • Joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Refurbishment Contractors
  • Ventilation Engineers


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