asbestos awareness online learning

Asbestos Awareness – Online Learning

It’s important to protect employees from the dangers of asbestos-related illness. With this e-learning course:

  • Investigate the origins and production of asbestos and its historical usage
  • Identify the risks that asbestos poses to our health and the impact it can have on our body
  • Establish where asbestos is commonly found in residential and commercial buildings, its uses and how to avoid disturbing it
  • Deploy techniques to avoid the risks of asbestos and what to do when you come into contact with it
  • Examine the legal framework surrounding asbestos usage, management, assessment, and licensed practices

Course Introduction

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. These fibres can then be inhaled, which can cause serious diseases. Most usually, these diseases take a long time to develop and so the effects of asbestos are not immediately apparent.

Asbestos is known to kill thousands of people each year and although often considered a problem of the past, it is still a danger to people working in buildings that were built prior to the year 2000.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 places a duty on employers to ensure that all members of staff have access to sufficient instruction, information and training before taking part in any work that may expose them to asbestos. Therefore, it is crucial that employees are provided with adequate training to help protect them from the dangers. It is also vital that employers understand and appreciate the risks.

This e-learning course is aimed at providing awareness to anyone that is likely to carry out work that may disturb asbestos, and further than ensuring employers fulfil their legal obligations, its aim is to help protect employees from any potential harm from asbestos-related illness.

Course Content

Module 1 - The properties, historical development and production of asbestos
  • Review the physical properties of asbestos and why these were important to industry
  • Understand the common names and characteristics of crocidolite, grunerite and chrysotile
  • Identify where natural asbestos is found
  • Watch a short overview of the use of asbestos through history.
Module 2 - The risks to and effects on health caused by exposure to asbestos
  • Establish the risks to, and effects on health caused by exposure to asbestos
  • Understand the basic structure of the respiratory system sufficiently to explain asbestos-related diseases
  • Review common asbestos-related diseases
  • Identify the latency period involved in asbestos-related diseases and the amount of exposure required to cause specific diseases
  • Realise the increased risk of lung cancer from smoking when exposed to asbestos
  • Explore how asbestos-related death rates have changed over time.
Module 3 - Types, uses, associated risks and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant
  • Review the different types of asbestos-containing material and their associated risks
  • Identify typical areas where ACMS can be found in residential and non-residential buildings and the types of ACMs used in these areas
  • Examine the main uses of asbestos coating, insulation, asbestos insulating board, asbestos cement and other ACMs.
Module 4 - How to avoid the risks from asbestos
  • Explore how friability impacts on the risk of fibre release from ACMs
  • Establish what an asbestos register is and how it is used
  • Identify the emergency procedures to be taken if ACMs are discovered or accidentally disturbed.
Module 5 - Legislation relating to asbestos
  • Discover the origins of asbestos legislation and how it fits into the wider context of health and safety legislation
  • Identify key elements of the regulations governing work with asbestos with particular reference to regulations 4, 5 and 6
  • Understand how work with asbestos may be licensed: Notifiable non-licensed work, or non-licensed work
  • Understand that asbestos awareness training does not prepare anyone for any type of work with asbestos.
Module 6 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners including RoSPA Qualifications – Assured logo


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Your employees will receive personalised and dated certificates upon successful completion of our CPD certified e-learning courses. All courses have relevant accreditations.


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