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Asbestos Awareness

Course available on request.


Asbestos was a common building material throughout the mid to late twentiethTraining Courses century. The known health effects of exposure to asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are well known and repeated exposure to small quantities of asbestos dust can develop into asbestos related disease in later life. It is vital that employees of organisations that control buildings are able to recognise asbestos and its dangers. This is particularly true when any maintenance, repair or refurbishment is being carried out.

Duration: 1-day

Who Should Attend?

Any employee that may come into contact with ACMs such as those who may be engaged in the maintenance or repair of buildings and/or plant. It is particularly important that any persons who have responsibility for controlling buildings receive training. 

Course Objectives

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Identify where ACMs are likely to be located in buildings.
  • Understand the risks to occupants and those undertaking repairs, maintenance, refurbishment or any activity likely to disturb the asbestos.
  • Identify and recognise what the ACMs look like.
  • Explain the types of asbestos and their chemical properties.
  • Describe the health effects of exposure to asbestos.

 Course Content

  • The nature of asbestos - an explanation of the different types of asbestos, their chemical properties and where they are likely to be found in buildings.
  • The health effects of exposure to asbestos - an overview of the main health effects including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
  • Recognising materials that contain asbestos.
  • Understanding asbestos registers and surveys.
  • A brief description of the processes of managing the removal and/or containment of asbestos.
  • An outline of the legal controls in place for asbestos - criminal and civil liabilities, Health and Safety at Work, etc Act and the Control of Asbestos at Regulations.
  • Assessment.