Asbestos fibres can easily become airborne if products containing asbestos are handled improperly. These fibres are extremely dangerous when inhaled, causing such conditions as plerual plaque, lung cancer, and other major health problems.
One in four construction workers has been exposed to asbestos as per the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). While there are over 5,000 asbestos related deaths each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, property owners must determine whether and where asbestos may exist on the premises. A risk assessment must be completed and controls put in place to ensure that the risk of exposure is as low as reasonably practicable.
This course provides an awareness of what the asbestos risk assessment process involves and how to complete it.
This health and safety online training course contains the following sections:
- Facts About Asbestos
- Undertaking a Risk Assessment – Part 1
- Undertaking a Risk Assessment – Part 2
- Making Improvements
This online training course is for anyone tasked with conducting an asbestos risk assessment or who needs to understand this process.
Participants will be able to:
- Explain basic asbestos information, including its potential harmful effects
- Identify asbestos and the places in which it is commonly found
- Perform an asbestos risk assessment
- Take measures to mitigate asbestos risks
Benefits of this online training course include:
- IIRSM approved
- No hidden costs
- Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
- Easy to log & track training record
- Short yet concise
- 100% online course
- 20+ minutes in length
- End of course knowledge test
Users need to attain at least an 80% mark on the end of course assessment to earn the certification. They are given multiple attempts to pass the test.
IIRSM-assured certificate issued by Human Focus upon completion of training course.
If undisturbed, ACMs that are in good condition do not pose serious threats. They only become a problem when they are disturbed, which can release microscopic and harmful fibres into the air. When these fibres are inhaled, they can cause a variety of respiratory diseases.
Business owners should ensure that their employees are up-to-date on asbestos risk training, and provide all necessary personal protective equipment to employees as required.
Generally, an asbestos risk assessment includes the following:
- Survey to determine if ACMs are present in the building. If present, its ratio and nature must be assessed
- Determine the potential risks and identify who can be affected
- Identify the required actions for minimising the asbestos risks as much as possible
- Record the findings and the actions to be taken
- Implement the actions
- Review and update the asbestos exposure risk assessment as required
Apart from qualified asbestos risk assessment consultants, workers who work with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can complete the risk assessment process. This risk assessment, however, should only be carried out by those with the adequate skills and training to precisely determine the risks from ACMs in a work environment.