Asbestos Awareness

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IATP & CPD Approved Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is a very hazardous substance. It has the potential to cause serious ill health to any one who disturbs it. Just a small level of asbestos exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing an asbestos-related disease such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 state that training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work, and this covers a long list of professions indeed (see below). Responsibility lies with employers to ensure that such employees, or anyone who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others. The HSE recognise online learning as a viable delivery method for asbestos awareness training.

Training must satisfy the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’. This AITP Asbestos Awareness course online is accredited by both the IATP and CPD and reviews as ‘Excellent’ by learners. So you can be reassured it meets legal requirements.

Important Note: This online asbestos awareness course does not allow you to knowingly disturb asbestos. Employees who plan to undertake work which will knowingly disturb asbestos require more detailed training not covered in this awareness course.

What's Included in the Asbestos Awareness Course?

On completion of this e-learning course, participants should have a greater understanding of the dangers associated with asbestos and how to avoid exposing themselves and others to those dangers. This course is intended to creating a safer working environment. In particular, the topics we will cover include what asbestos is and its effects on health asbestos containing materials (ACMs), and legislation surrounding asbestos. It is important to note however, that this course is an Asbestos Awareness only course and is designed to provide you with an awareness of asbestos only. It does not permit you to carry out any work with asbestos containing materials. Should you need to work with asbestos, further training will be required in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Asbestos in detail

In this unit, we explain what exactly asbestos is. To do this, we look at the nature and properties of the various types of asbestos. We also look at the history of the material and how it was employed over the years.

Unit 2 – Risks from working with Asbestos

Following this unit, you will understand the effects that asbestos can have on your health and the health of those working around you. We also take a look at some of the most common asbestos-related illnesses.

Unit 3 – ACMs ( Asbestos Containing Materials)

The focus of unit 3 is ACMs. In particular we are going to cover the locations and buildings where ACMs are most likely to be found, the importance of the friability of an ACM and the different types of ACMs in buildings.

Unit 4 – Asbestos Safe Systems of Work

At this point you understand the nature of asbestos and where is is found. In this final UNIT we details the various legislation relevant to asbestos and what you as an employer and employee must do in order that you workplace remains both safe and compliant.

Course Duration

90 minutes


  • Great Value
  • Quick to complete
  • Great service and quick assignment
  • Self-paced clear video based content.
  • IATP & CPD accredited
  • Engaging content
  • Certificate included and emailed on completion
  • Required by and complies to UK Asbestos regulations for non-licensed work

Why is this Training So Important?

Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen). Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure.

In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder. However, the evidence is inconclusive.

Asbestos exposure may also increase the risk of asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage) and other non-malignant lung and pleural disorders, including pleural plaques which are changes in the membranes surrounding the lung, pleural thickening, and benign pleural effusions which are abnormal collections of fluid between the thin layers of tissue lining, the lungs and the wall of the chest cavity. Although pleural plaques are not precursors to lung cancer, evidence suggests that people with pleural disease caused by exposure to asbestos may be at increased risk for lung cancer.

For short courses a completion certificate is available at the end of the course. You can screenshot this or print it out to confirm completion of the training.

For accredited courses a certificate will be sent directly to you from the appropriate awarding body.

All you need to complete our e-learning courses is a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection.

Connection quality is the responsibility of the delegate. If you need to download free video conferencing software please visit our video conferencing software page where you can download the software specified by the training provider.

E-learning is flexible, efficient, and cost-effective, meaning you can progress through the modules at your own pace, at your own time to fit the training in around your work and personal life.

Short online courses also help employers to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their legal duties to ensure their personnel have been adequately trained.

Once the courses have been completed, a confirmation of results can be saved or printed as evidence. This can then be kept on record as evidence of suitable training.

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