Asbestos Awareness Online Training

Asbestos has been used as a building material for hundreds of years. However, we now know how dangerous it can be. The EssentialSkillz Asbestos Awareness eLearning course explains how to identify asbestos, the different types of asbestos that might be found in different workplaces and the kind of health risks exposure to it can pose.



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Asbestos Awareness Online Training

Asbestos has been considered to be a useful construction material for thousands of years, but began to used extensively during the twentieth century. In the last forty years or so, severe health risks related to the inhalation of asbestos fibres have been identified and, despite being banned in the late 1990s, Health and Safety Executive research shows that asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year. This is not only because of the prevalence of asbestos in infrastructure built before the material was banned, but also because diseases – including asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening – can take years to develop.





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Asbestos is a natural non-flammable, flexible, durable and malleable material which has been used in construction for centuries. However, in recent years, working with Asbestos has been linked with severe health risks. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibres into the air. If then inhaled, these fibres can cause serious and sometimes fatal lung diseases (for example, Mesothelioma, Asbestos-related lung cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural thickening). These diseases can take decades to develop and as Asbestos was not banned in the UK until late 1999, any employee who worked in buildings built before this date, could be at risk.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos kills 20 tradesmen every week in the UK.

Completion of Asbestos Awareness courses online help protect employees from the potential dangers of Asbestos Containing Material (ACMs). Additionally, it will help employers fulfill their legal obligation in providing those employees, likely to come into contact with ACM’s, with appropriate information, instruction and training to keep them safe.

It provides users with the knowledge needed to identify the presence of asbestos, the different types of asbestos and the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos. Delegates will understand the importance of current legislation (The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) and the need for safe working practices.

This online Asbestos Awareness training course explains the importance of asbestos surveys and action plans and the requirement of making these documents available to any tradesperson working at a site where asbestos has been identified.

Sign up for this informative online course today, protect your employees and save lives!

Main Sections within the Asbestos Awareness course:

Asbestos Awareness Overview
Managing Asbestos
Asbestos Materials
Final Test
Asbestos Awareness training course Objectives:

To explain what Asbestos is and the different types of Asbestos.
To describe Asbestos related diseases and risk factors
To highlight the legal requirements concerning Asbestos and how Asbestos is managed in the workplace.
To detail the common types of Asbestos materials and where they may be found.
To explain the procedures for dealing with Asbestos related emergencies.





Target Audience:

This eLearning course is of benefit to any person who may encounter Asbestos within their working environment. The course does not qualify you to work with, knowingly disturb or remove asbestos.


Once the 40 minute course is completed users will be required to take a final test consisting of as default, 10 required questions out of a bank of 20 questions.  The course administrator within your organisation can set a pass threshold, depending on your requirements and decide to implement the random test question feature. On successful completion of the test, users can download and print a certificate.


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