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Asbestos is still found in buildings constructed or refurbished before the year 2000. Exposure to asbestos can lead to severe health issues such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Individuals who may encounter asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) during their work must receive asbestos awareness training to ensure safe work practices.
This training course provides a comprehensive understanding of what asbestos is, where you may encounter it and the dangers associated with its exposure. The training programme complies with asbestos legislation and teaches you how to identify ACMs, what to do if you’re exposed and how to stay safe around asbestos.
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Individuals working in asbestos-containing sites are often unaware of its presence and may unknowingly disturb it during their day-to-day activities. When asbestos is disturbed or in poor condition, it can release fibres into the environment. When inhaled, these fibres enter the body and cause severe health consequences.
Our online asbestos awareness course offers an in-depth understanding of asbestos to reduce the risks of exposure. You’ll learn common places where asbestos can be found as well as how to identify ACMs, letting you minimise the risk of accidental exposure. The course will also prepare you to respond to emergencies should you accidentally encounter ACMs.
Asbestos, a naturally occurring substance, was widely used in the UK’s construction sector until its ban in 1999. Despite this ban, estimates suggest that about 1.5 million buildings still contain asbestos in the UK.
Individuals working in sites with asbestos may not even realise that they have been exposed since the health consequences of asbestos can only appear decades later. These consequences include potentially fatal conditions such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. It may also lead to non-cancerous conditions such as asbestosis, cardiovascular issues, pleural plaques, pleuritis and pleural effusions.
Asbestos causes over 5,000 deaths each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In 2021, there were 2,268 reported deaths due to mesothelioma. These alarming statistics highlight the importance of asbestos awareness training.
Anyone who may be exposed to ACMs must be provided with asbestos awareness training. Since asbestos is so widespread in the UK, many sectors are affected by this requirement, including construction workers, renovators, painters, decorators, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers and demolition workers. Without proper awareness, these workers may risk their health and the health of others by disturbing asbestos during their routine work.
Asbestos awareness training provides them with the knowledge of where ACMs may be present and the emergency procedures to follow should they be exposed. It helps workers reduce the risk of asbestos exposure to protect themselves and those around them.
Training also helps employers:
Promote Health and Safety: Awareness training helps employees recognise potential asbestos hazards in their environment, reducing the risk of exposure and associated health problems.
Prevent Accidental Exposure: Asbestos can be present in structures built before 2000. Workers may unintentionally disturb ACMs without proper awareness, releasing harmful fibres into the environment. Training helps people understand where asbestos might be found and how to avoid disturbing it.
Comply with Legislation: There are stringent regulations in the UK regarding asbestos safety due to its health risks. Compliance with these regulations is important for employers to prevent legal repercussions. Asbestos awareness training courses ensure that employees and organisations are well-informed about and adhere to asbestos safety regulations.
Protect Employees: Employees in industries like construction, demolition and renovation are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure. Training protects them by providing knowledge and skills to safeguard themselves and others when working in sites that may contain ACMs.
As an employer, it is your legal duty to provide asbestos awareness training to employees at risk of asbestos exposure.
Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that employers must provide adequate training to employees who may disturb asbestos during work and those who supervise such employees. The training must provide a thorough understanding of asbestos, covering its properties, potential sites, health effects, safety practices, control measures, emergency procedures and waste handling. The regulation requires employers to provide employees with this training at regular intervals.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 also emphasises asbestos safety by placing a duty on employers to safeguard their employees’ health, safety and welfare.
Failure to comply with these regulations may result in legal repercussions such as fines, penalties and lawsuits.
This asbestos awareness e-learning course contains the following modules:
Explains what asbestos is, its history and its different types.
Discusses where ACMs may be found, which products are likely to contain asbestos and industries in which ACMs were used.
Provides insight into how asbestos fibres enter the body and how they affect our health.
Introduces participants to the regulations and laws related to asbestos and explores the roles and responsibilities of those whose work may involve asbestos.
Discusses the importance of conducting pre-work assessment and emergency procedures in case of accidental asbestos exposure.
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Asbestos awareness training is a programme that educates individuals about the risks associated with asbestos exposure and how to safely handle situations involving ACMs. Every employer must provide suitable awareness training to any employee that may disturb asbestos during their normal activities, or who supervises those employees.
An online asbestos awareness course should cover topics like the uses and locations of asbestos, health risks, entry routes, asbestos legislation and emergency procedures to ensure participants comprehensively understand asbestos safety.All these topics are covered in our training course.
Our online asbestos awareness training course takes approximately 4 hours to complete.
Human Focus offers online asbestos awareness training that you can complete at your convenience and pace.
You should take our asbestos awareness e-learning course every year to stay informed and updated on asbestos safety and regulations.
Our asbestos awareness training costs £29.95 +VAT.
Anyone who may encounter asbestos or ACMs in their workplace, including construction workers, renovators, painters, decorators, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, demolition workers, etc., should undergo asbestos awareness training.
No, this course is only an awareness course and it does not qualify you for asbestos removal. For carrying out work that may disturb asbestos, you need a higher level of training.
Our online Asbestos Training is approved by Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) and the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA).
The asbestos training certificate expires in a year. You should undertake the training again every year to stay updated with the latest asbestos safety practices and regulations.
Upon completing the course, you will receive a printable UKATA/IATP-approved asbestos awareness training certificate to download.
The online UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training certificate lasts for one year.
The UKATA asbestos awareness course takes approximately 4 hours to complete.
The IATP asbestos awareness course certificate lasts for one year.
The IATP asbestos awareness training takes approximately 4 hours to complete.
The only difference between the UKATA and IATP-approved asbestos awareness training courses lies in their respective approval organisations.
After purchasing this asbestos online course, you need to participate in the course content, pass the assessment and download the printable certificate.