Asbestos is a hazardous substance which was widely used by the building trade in construction projects up until 2000. Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of long-term health problems including lung damage and cancer. It is therefore imperative that staff working within buildings containing asbestos have received appropriate Asbestos Awareness training to protect themselves and others in the building.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals that can be separated into fibres. These fibres are extremely strong and durable and are resistant to heat and fire. Asbestos has a multitude of applications and has been used as insulation, carpet underlay, wall sheeting and even fire blankets.
Why is it so dangerous?
Left undisturbed, asbestos is relatively low risk. It is once it is disturbed or damaged that tiny asbestos fibres are released which can be absorbed into the lungs. Once the fibres have been absorbed they can cause life altering damage to lungs which can take years, or even decades, for symptoms to appear.
Who needs requires training?
Asbestos awareness training is suitable for anyone who may come into contact with asbestos. Most commonly, that includes
- other building related and maintenance trades.
The training teaches attendees the type of products that are likely to contain asbestos, how to manage the risks and how to avoid disturbing or damaging asbestos.
Looking for a training course?
Our online Asbestos Awareness course is approved by ROSPA and the IATP. Candidates can complete the course at their own pace and pause and restart the course to fit around other commitments. A full list of our online training courses can be found here.