Asbestos Awareness

asbestos awareness

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In the UK alone, there are over 5,000 deaths every year from inhaling asbestos fibres. This makes it the largest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK, and is more than the number of people who die on the roads each year.

Making sure you and your colleagues are aware of the risks is a key step in keeping everyone safe at work and ensuring compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.


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Who is it for?

  • Demolition and Construction Workers
  • Electricians and Telecoms Engineers
  • Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • General Maintenance Staff
  • Building Surveyors
  • Architects

Asbestos awareness training is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In
particular, it should be given to all demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied
trades where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the fabric of the building because ACMs may become exposed
during their work. Exemption from this requirement would apply only where the employer can demonstrate that work will
only be carried out in or on buildings free of ACMs.

Asbestos awareness training is not training to work with any forms of asbestos. It is likely to form the first part of training for
work with asbestos, but on its own it is does not meet the legal requirements laid down under The Control of Asbestos
Regulations 2012.

We are a UKATA Approved Training Provider. 

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What is covered?

On successful completion of this half day course, delegates should be able to:

  • Have an increased awareness of the nature and properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased
    risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke;

  • Be familiar with the types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings and where appropriate items of plant;

  • Know how to avoid the risks from asbestos by understanding;
    • Where to obtain information on asbestos in premises prior to commencing work;
    • What to do if suspicious materials are found;
    • How to use appropriate workplace precautions, including the risk assessment process, or seek advice on workplace precautions, in respect of the risks of asbestos;
    • Undertake work activities in safe manner and without risk to themselves or others.

  • Have an awareness of the key aspects of the asbestos regulations and how they fit into the broader context of health and
    safety legislation.


  • Procedures to be followed when coming into unintentional contact with ACMs and an understanding of the appropriate emergency arrangements.

We offer both the UKATA Accredited Asbestos Awareness and Refresher Courses, as well as a course developed based on the same syllabus which can be tailored to your specific needs, or where UKATA accreditation is not needed.


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Related Services and Offers

  • Asbestos Awareness eLearning - Useful for annual refreshers, or where the risk of exposure is lower.
  •   Dust Awareness eLearning
  • Asbestos Project Manager Course - for those involved in managing asbestos projects. 
  • Health and Safety Support - we can help put
  •  Compliance Hub - Keep all your training and compliance records in one place.