Asbestos Awareness


This online asbestos awareness course develops understanding of the risks of exposure and how to avoid work which may disturb asbestos containing materials.

Approx. | 90 minutes

IATP & CPD Approved 

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Asbestos Awareness Course Online | Asbestos is extremely hazardous.  When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air which, if inhaled, can prove fatal. Just a small level of asbestos exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Every year asbestos kills around 5000 workers, more than the number of people killed on the road.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 state that training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work, and this covers a long list of professions indeed (see below). Responsibility lies with employers to ensure that such employees, or anyone who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others. The HSE recognise online learning as a viable delivery method for asbestos awareness training. There is no legal obligation for such courses to be accredited, so long as they satisfy the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’.

In addition to initial asbestos awareness training, the HSE advise that refresher training is undertaken to help ensure that employee asbestos awareness is maintained. Regulation 10 states that this refresher training should be given at regular intervals. Again, online learning is cited as an effective way to deliver this training.

It is important to note that Asbestos Awareness Training is intended to give workers and supervisors the information they need to avoid disturbing asbestos. Further specialised training is required to prepare workers for knowingly carrying out work with asbestos-containing materials.

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Asbestos Awareness Course Objective

To develop understanding of the risks of exposure to asbestos and provide the knowledge needed to avoid work that could disturb asbestos containing materials.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will know:

| Where asbestos is likely to be present

| The health risks associated with exposure to asbestos

| The different types of asbestos

| How to undertake an asbestos survey

| The legal responsibilities

| What to do if asbestos is inhaled

Course Content 

Section 1  | Asbestos Explained

Properties of asbestos; where asbestos is found; history of asbestos use; fibre types

Section 2 | Asbestos and its Effect on Health

Asbestos-related diseases; increased risks from smoking

Section 3 | Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)

Asbestos in buildings; friability; types and content of asbestos; sprayed asbestos coatings; thermal insulation; millboard; asbestos textiles; asbestos cement sheets; bitumen, flooring products & plastic composite; ACMs within buildings; asbestos register; asbestos survey

Section 4 | Asbestos and the Law

Legal requirements; Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR12); CAR12 responsibilities; asbestos management; suspicious materials; what to do if you have inhaled asbestos.

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Why take the Asbestos Awareness online training course?

Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past asbestos exposure. The diseases caused by inhaling asbestos fibres do not affect victims immediately; they often take a long time, sometimes decades, to develop but, once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. It is vital that anyone who has the potential to be exposed to asbestos understands the risks and knows how to protect themselves.

While the use of asbestos has been fully banned in UK building construction since 1999, any pre-2000 buildings may still have asbestos in them as it was once commonly used for insulation, flooring and roofing, as well being sprayed on ceilings and walls. So long as asbestos-containing materials remain intact they pose very little risk however, when disturbed the microscopic fibres, if inhaled, can be deadly, particularly to those exposed for  along time at work. 

On 6th April 2012 The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force. This ensured that the is UK fully implementing the European Union Directive (2009/148/EU) on exposure to asbestos. The Regulations state clearly that training is obligatory for anyone who might be exposed to asbestos fibres at work.  This training, while most pertinent for maintenance workers and tradespeople, is also applicable to anyone who works in buildings which mays still house asbestos. 

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Ideal For

Anyone liable to be exposed to or come in contact with asbestos.

Those particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos include workers involved with the maintenance, construction and demolition of houses and buildings, particularly older buildings (pre-1980s). However, anyone who works in a building which contains asbestos should also understand the potential risks.

This Asbestos Awareness online training course should be undertaken by any worker who could disturb the fabric of a building and potentially expose themselves to asbestos.  The HSE list of professions at risk includes, but is not limited to:

  • General maintenance workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Fire/burglar alarm installers
  • Computer and data installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

This course is suitable for both employees and supervisors.


Asbestos Awareness Certificate


Successful completion of the Accident Investigation training requires delegates to achieve 80% or more in the final assessment. At this point they receive:

| An emailed PDF self-print certificate from echo3education with verifiable completion code

| Option to purchase printed certificate (£5)

| A Digital Badge that can be can be shared on social media sites such as Linkedin.


What is included with this Asbestos Awareness online course

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| 90 mins online training

| Complies with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

| CPD -accredited: 6 CPD points

| Digital Badge – Share your success on Linkedin

| Instant self-print certificate (£5 for posted version)

| Unlimited access for 1  year

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