Online Asbestos Awareness course

This is a Category A: Asbestos Awareness course, aimed at making the candidates aware of the dangers associated with exposure to airborne asbestos fibres through unknowingly coming into contact with asbestos materials.

If you work on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, asbestos could be present. You will need asbestos awareness training so you know how to avoid the risks.

You can take this course online at your own pace. If you wish, you can complete the course in more than one sitting. Once you’ve passed the quiz at the end of the course, you’ll be emailed your UKATA certificate, which is valid for 12 months. The course should take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

About this asbestos awareness training

We believe that training has to be kept interesting. UKATA described our online asbestos awareness course as:

Very thorough course that gives the delegate a great learning experience. Voice over and text on screen allows the user to either listen to the course or through lack of audio equipment the delegate can read the content.

A great array of pictures are used within the presentation and some interactive elements to keep the delegate engaged.

This course is divided into four sections:

  • What is asbestos?
  • Asbestos and its effects on health
  • Asbestos Containing Materials
  • Asbestos bans, laws, surveys and registers

Each section is clearly labelled and easy to navigate. When you’ve finished reading the content on a page, just click the Next button to move to the following page.

We haven’t overloaded pages with details: instead, each page covers a single point or piece of information. The content is supported by a professionally-voiced narration and by images taken from real-life situations.

Each section of the course has a short quiz at the end to help reinforce your learning. At the end of the course, there’s a final quiz after which you’ll receive your UKATA Asbestos Awareness certificate.

Any questions? Please take a look at our FAQs page.

Asbestos awareness – a legal obligation for UK employers

The dangers of asbestos have been well-documented in the press, and although many historic instances of exposure go back several decades, some recent cases of younger victims have also been reported.

This illustrates the ever-present dangers of a substance widely used in the construction and shipbuilding industries from the 1950s. Its use was only banned at the turn of this century, and the fact remains that if disturbed, asbestos presents a serious risk to the health of those in the vicinity.

The number of deaths from Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer attributed to asbestos exposure, rose to 2,535 in 2012, with Asbestosis thought to have claimed 464 lives in the same year.

HSE asbestos training courses

A legal requirement exists in this country for employers to provide asbestos training courses to employees likely to come into contact with the substance in their everyday work. The Health and Safety Executive are responsible for worker safety in this respect, and dictate the category of course each worker must complete in order to remain compliant with legislation.

Category ‘A’ courses relate to asbestos awareness, and can either be taken face-to-face in a classroom setting, or as an online course at home. Online courses can be more convenient for an employee, and are intended to be completed in as little as 90 minutes.

An HSE asbestos certificate can be used as evidence of a worker’s ongoing career development, and demonstrates a strong commitment to health and safety.

Bainbridge Asbestos – a specialist training provider

We are specialist asbestos awareness training providers, with over 10 years’ experience in the field of health and safety. Our in-depth knowledge of best practice in the training sector has been gained over a period of 30 years.

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) provides accreditation for our courses. Our UKATA online training courses are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that teaching is current, and that they meet the high standards demanded by this professional regulatory body. UKATA is recognised and identified by the HSE as the leading asbestos training organisation in the UK.

HSE asbestos certificate

On successful completion of the online course, a UKATA asbestos certificate becomes available for immediate download. It can be printed off and used as evidence of a worker’s up-to-date knowledge.

The certificate is valid for 12 months, after which time HSE recommend that refresher training is undertaken to include any new legislation, or updated guidelines on dealing with asbestos.

Our online training course can be taken as a refresher course.

What you will learn from an asbestos training course

The learning objectives for UKATA online training include being aware of the health risks should asbestos be disturbed, what the substance looks like in all its forms, and its likely locations inside residential and commercial buildings.

Knowing what to do if asbestos is encountered, and the reasons why it should be left undisturbed, also form a major part of this training.