Asbestos Awareness Online Training

This Asbestos Awareness Online Training course covers:

  • The health impacts of asbestos, including the increased risk of lung cancer for smokers.
  • The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos containing materials.
  • How to avoid asbestos exposure, and what to do if you suspect an uncontrolled release of asbestos.

Fully customisable by you, at no extra cost.

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Course Introduction

The use of asbestos in construction or refurbishment was banned in the UK at the end of 1999 because of its deadly effects. Despite this, around 5000 people still die each year in the UK from asbestos-related diseases. This is the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. While some of this exposure is historical, while asbestos is present in the workplace people will continue to be exposed if they don’t know how to protect themselves and others from exposure to asbestos.

This Asbestos Awareness Online Training course course takes on average 40 minutes to complete.

Course Content

The message in this course is that all asbestos is dangerous if disturbed, but that the risk can be managed. The course explains the consequences of disturbance, and describes how to work safely in workplaces which contain asbestos. It does not cover any techniques for the removal of asbestos.

Because this course does not follow the UKATA syllabus, it is able to leave out a lot of technical and management information. For example, there is no information about the shape of fibres under a microscope, the names of the minerals, or the colour labels given to different types of asbestos fibres. Instead, it provides practical information, with examples, of the locations where asbestos is found. Images are used to help the learner recognise the types of locations or objects that might contain asbestos.

The course explains when and how to use an asbestos register to avoid disturbing asbestos, and what to do if there are any concerns about the accuracy of the asbestos register, or the state of the asbestos.

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this Asbestos Awareness eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.

Key features

All our courses provide technically accurate training which keeps your organisation in line with best practice. We include the latest techniques in learning which ensure learners are engaged throughout. Our courses are also:

Fully customisable by you

Add your own scripts, images, videos, presentations and interactions – with no coding experience required. Use our suite of templates to make our courses your own, delivering highly relevant training to your organisation at no extra cost.

White label branding

We can brand our training with your unique corporate identity to make your users feel right at home throughout the training journey.

Integrate with your LMS

You can deploy this course using our compliance platform. Alternatively, you can deliver this course, with all its key features, directly from your third-party LMS.


Our Asbestos Awareness course can integrate with JAWS ® a widely available text-to-speech integration to help visually impaired users engage with the same, unabridged and high-quality compliance training as their colleagues.


On successful completion, learners receive a personalised certificate which includes the learner’s name, score and date of completion. Certificates can be viewed, downloaded and printed off at any time to serve as a record of compliance.


Our Asbestos Awareness Online Training course is RoSPA approved and IIRSM certified. This ensures that our courses adhere to the highest standard of training and will provide a practical and meaningful learning experience to our customers.

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Why is this course important for compliance?

  • The Approved Code of Practice and guidance on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (L143) requires that ‘Asbestos awareness training should be given to employees whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building and expose them to asbestos or who supervise or influence the work’ (para 232). This course meets this requirement.
  • Asbestos Awareness training is not suitable for workers intending to work with, remove or otherwise disturb asbestos or ACMs.

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Create your own question and answer bank to test your users on the key information that they need to know to be fully compliant. Set core questions to appear in the test section that users are required to pass so that crucial learning points are reinforced.

Who should take this course?

This course is intended for people working in jobs where they could accidentally disturb asbestos, and need to know how to avoid this risk. This includes trades such as plumbers, decorators and installation engineers. It is also useful for those who might only occasionally come across asbestos, but still need to be aware of how to avoid damaging it. For example, teachers, health care staff, shop workers or porters working in buildings built before 2000.

This course is not intended for managers and duty holders. They will need a UKATA approved course, and ideally BOHS course on asbestos management.

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