Asbestos Awareness Training

If there's any chance you may come across asbestos, even accidentally, while you're working you need Asbestos Awareness Training. This programme explains where asbestos might be found, what the dangers are and how to minimise your risk of exposure.

  • Duration 30 mins
  • Approval CPD, IATP, IOSH

Key Features

  • Takes around 30 minutes to complete
  • Great supporting animation and graphics
  • CPD, IATP & IOSH approved training
  • Provides printable certificates
  • End-of-course test
  • Show commitment to current legislation

Asbestos in Construction

Every week, on average, four plumbers, six electricians, eight joiners and twenty tradesmen die from asbestos related diseases. It's the biggest single cause of work-related deaths in Great Britain.

Asbestos training is essential. It's a legal requirement for anyone who might disturb or come across asbestos while they're at work.

Our Asbestos Awareness training course explains everything you need to know - where asbestos is most likely to be found, how it might affect you, how to avoid exposure and, if the worst happens, what to do in an emergency situations.

It looks closely at the asbestos awareness training requirements of regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Working with Asbestos will involve using personal protective equipment, we also supply PPE Training

Who should take our Asbestos Awareness Training?

Anyone that has the possibility of coming into contact with or disturbing asbestos MUST have asbestos training. In fact, it’s a legal requirement.

Those working in construction are more likely to come into contact with asbestos, especially if they are working in older buildings. Although asbestos has been illegal for decades in the UK, it’s now killing more people than anywhere else in the world; even more than countries where asbestos is still legally used.

Professions that are most likely to encounter or disturb asbestos include (but are not limited to): 

  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers 
  • Maintenance staff
  • Electricians 
  • Plumbers
  • Painters & Decorators 
  • Joiners 
  • Roofers

Asbestos containing materials

Some of the most common asbestos containing materials include:

  • Many forms of insulation
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Cloth and textile products
  • Adhesives and taping compounds
  • Pipe and sheet materials
  • Siding and roofing (includes roofing felt and shingles)
  • Vermiculate (a substance used in brake pads, tiles and some insulation)
  • Bitumen 
  • Artex 
  • Vinyl tiles 
  • Spark plugs
Asbestos Warning Tape

When was asbestos used and when was it banned?

Many different forms of asbestos started to come into use during the late 1800s, way before the devastating effects of the material were discovered. Technology in the 1900s then rapidly grew the use of asbestos, the early 1900s saw the first high pressure gaskets and asbestos pipes. Asbestos cement pipes were even approved by the British Ministry of Health to be used for water mains!

But it wasn’t until 1977 when the worldwide demand for asbestos peaked, with over 5 million tonnes being mined!

Blue and brown asbestos (also known as Crocidolite and considered to be the most dangerous forms of asbestos) were officially banned in 1985, however some other forms weren’t eradicated until 1999.

Where was/is asbestos used?

Because of it’s properties (Strength, thermal stability, non-flammable etc..) asbestos was heavily used in construction before the 1980s. Therefore many buildings and homes contained and still contain asbestos in old tiles, insulation, some forms of cement and also sheeting. It was used so much before the 1980s that 50% of buildings in the UK will still have asbestos harbouring materials!

The HSE have a great guide on asbestos locations for both residential and industrial properties. You'll be surprised to see the amount of possible locations for asbestos containing materials!

Man encounters asbestos whilst removing a ceiling tile

Testing for Asbestos

Never check or test for asbestos yourself! If you have a suspicion that asbestos containing materials are still being used in a home or another building then you must contact a licensed contractor. Only HSE licensed contractors can test for asbestos.

Why is asbestos training required?

Although asbestos use is now illegal in the UK, around 50% of buildings (both residential and industrial) will still be harbouring asbestos containing materials and those working in construction are more likely to encounter/disturb asbestos. Therefore you need to know the ins and outs of asbestos - the types, the dangers, where it can be found, the laws & regulations, your employer's responsibilities and what to do in emergency situations.

Asbestos Awareness Course Contents:

  1. What is Asbestos? Learn about the three major types of Asbestos.
  2. A deeper look into where Asbestos is found and the laws surrounding Asbestos.
  3. Emergency procedures to Asbestos exposure.

Please note that our Asbestos Awareness Training does not prepare workers or contractors to deal with or work on asbestos containing materials.