Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. It was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s, although the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warn that any building built before the year 2000 could still contain asbestos. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation.
Asbestos is dangerous when the fibres are breathed in, meaning that when the material is intact it is normally safe, but when broken or disturbed (e.g. during demolition or renovation projects) it is extremely dangerous as the fibres/dust are inhaled and can cause asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
The effects on a person's health are similar to most COSHH risks in that the onset of ill-health may take a number of years to develop, when the damage has already been done. Although asbestos dust and fibres may be considered by many as a COSHH substance, asbestos is not covered under COSHH regulations as it has its own set of regulations, namely the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Due to the high risk nature of asbestos, it is vital that workers in industries such as the construction industry are all aware of the dangers to health and safety that asbestos poses, including how to recognise it and what to do if it is encountered.
What Does the Asbestos Awareness Course Cover?
This course is intended for people whose work may bring them into contact with asbestos, from shop fitters to electricians, from plumbers to decorators. It is also suitable for duty holders looking to gain a basic overview of their asbestos responsibilities.
The Asbestos Awareness course is aimed as an awareness session for those workers who may come into contact with asbestos as part of their work, or those duty holders requiring a basic overview. It is not intended and is not suitable for those working on asbestos removal.
The syllabus of the Asbestos Awareness course covers relevant issues such as:
- Introduction to asbestos - nature, origin and use
- Types of asbestos
- Health hazards
- Current legislation and guidance
- Legal limitations on work liable to disturb asbestos
- Working safely/duty holders responsibilities
- Safe working in areas where asbestos is present
- Emergency procedures/accidental damage/general procedures
- Safe and correct use of RPE/PPE (personal protective equipment)
- Disposal of asbestos waste
Our health and safety consultants are qualified and experienced professionals with an appropriate background in this topic.
All course tutors are experienced in delivering engaging health and safety training, and hold professional membership of the chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The Asbestos Awareness course content can be tailored to your specific requirements, taking into account the specific dangers and working practices of your particular company and industry. It can also be combined with one or more other courses to create a truly bespoke training programme for your employees.
For more information please call 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form with a description of your training requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Asbestos Awareness course is delivered over half a day (three hours). This enables the course to be provided to two different groups on one day, meaning that not all of your staff need to be away from the workplace at the same time.
Each delegate will be issued with a workbook to assist them both during and after the course, which will contain information, guidance and forms to assist delegates.
The Asbestos Awareness course is designed to be interactive, allowing delegates the opportunity to develop their skills with the support of the course tutor.
A short written assessment is undertaken at the end of the course which delegates must successfully complete.
Delegates will be awarded a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course and the assessment.
Our Asbestos Awareness course is not currently scheduled as an open course, and is currently only available as an in-house course where we come to your premises and deliver the training for a number of your employees.
For more information, and to discuss your training requirements further, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form.