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HSE guidance on online asbestos awareness training

In 2012, the HSE acknowledged the increasingly important role of elearning (or online training) as a valid method for delivering online asbestos awareness training – provided the course content satisfied the objectives of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Asbestos awareness training

The HSE also define what type of training is necessary – namely that it should be appropriate for the work undertaken. This means that there are three categories of asbestos training: the first of which is awareness training for:

those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out.

HSE guidance on asbestos training

Typically, this can apply to a number of occupations, a few of which are listed below:

  • General maintenance workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Telecoms engineers
  • Computer installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

However, this list is not exhaustive and if your occupation is one which may involve you disturbing asbestos then you will require suitable training.

Training content

The HSE specify that any asbestos awareness training should cover the following areas:

  • The properties of asbestos and its effects on health
  • Types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos
  • Procedures and processes for dealing with an emergency, such as the uncontrolled release of asbestos into the workplace
  • How to avoid exposure to asbestos and therefore mitigate any risk to yourself and those around you

The role of online training

HSE specify that they recognise the importance and validity of online training for delivering asbestos awareness courses. Our own online asbestos awareness course meets the requirements above and furthermore is accredited by UKATA as meeting the requirements set out under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. UKATA is the UK Asbestos Training Association Рone of only three bodies listed on the HSE website as a recognised asbestos training association.

Further information

You can find further information on the HSE’s guidance on asbestos training on their website.