Asbestos Awareness Course (Category A)

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  • Complies with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Audited and approved by IATP
  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion

This IATP-approved Asbestos Awareness course explains what asbestos is, what to do if you discover asbestos and the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. The course also outlines the risks associated with Asbestos Containing Material (ACM).

The law requires employers to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees. In particular, regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that every employer must ensure that any employee liable to be exposed to asbestos is given adequate training so they can safeguard themselves and other employees.

This is a Category A Asbestos Awareness course, it does not allow you to work with asbestos or conduct asbestos removal.

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The importance of Asbestos Awareness training

Any building which was originally built, or undertook refurbishment, before the year 2000 could have asbestos in its infrastructure. Once asbestos has been disturbed, it becomes extremely harmful as the fibres released are inhaled. Asbestos accumulates in the body with every exposure, and there is no recognised way to reverse the damage it causes. Therefore, the best advice to stay safe is to avoid it at all costs. Asbestos Awareness training helps to identify ACMs and the dangers associated with asbestos exposure.

The fact that asbestos remains a serious danger to workers in the UK is reason enough to take health and safety responsibilities seriously. Employers are required to provide Asbestos Awareness training for their staff and they face heavy fines if they fail to do so and an accident occurs on-site.

Who is Asbestos Awareness training for?

Anyone who may come into contact with asbestos as part of their work. They need to understand the dangers so they can avoid any work which may disturb asbestos.

Including: Electricians, Painter & Decorators, Carpenters, Construction Workers, Plumbers, Plasterers, Gas Fitters, Joiners, Roofers, Demolition Workers, Shop Fitters, General Maintenance Workers, Telecommunication Engineers, HVAC Engineers, Surveyors, Alarm installers, IT installers, Architects, Caretakers.

Asbestos Awareness Certificate

When do I get my Asbestos Awareness certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course, you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

Your certificate will include IATP and RoSPA logos and you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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What does the Asbestos Awareness course cover?

This online training course contains the following 8 topics:

1 – Asbestos types and properties

The first topic describes asbestos. You will learn about the colour, nature and name of three common types of asbestos. The topic also outlines the desirable and undesirable properties of asbestos.

2 – History of the use of asbestos in the UK

The second topic presents a brief history of the use of asbestos in the United Kingdom. It identifies when the harmful effects of asbestos became apparent and when asbestos consumption reached its peak in the UK. You will also learn about when the government banned different asbestos types.

3 – The health effects of asbestos

The third topic describes why asbestos has such an adverse effect on health. It outlines the primary cause of asbestos-related diseases and the reasons for the increasing numbers of asbestos-related deaths. The topic explains why it can take decades for symptoms of asbestos-related diseases to appear. You will also learn about the main types of asbestos-related disease and about who is most at risk from asbestos disease. The topic also covers the increase in risk due to smoking and secondary asbestos exposure.

4 – Asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant

The fourth topic is all about asbestos-containing material (ACM). It identifies the difference between asbestos and ACMs. The topic describes the uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and equipment. You will also learn about when asbestos and ACMs were used, what is meant by friability and the conditions under which various ACMs will release fibres.

5 – Important asbestos-related legislation

Topic five outlines the principal legislation that aims to protect people in the workplace. The topic also describes specific asbestos-related legislation.

6 – Asbestos surveys and registers

Topic six is about asbestos surveys and registers. It outlines the purpose of surveys and identifies two types of asbestos survey. You will also learn about what information a survey should include and where to record the information gathered in a survey.

7 – Dealing with an emergency

Topic seven is about emergencies. It defines what constitutes an asbestos emergency and how you can recognise it when it happens. You will learn about the general procedure to follow if you discover or damage a suspected ACM. You will also learn about the procedures an organisation should follow if there is an uncontrolled release of asbestos in the workplace.

8 – Avoiding the risks posed by asbestos

The last topic identifies what you can do to avoid the risks posed by asbestos.


Once you have completed the eight topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the training course gives informative feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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