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UKATA Asbestos Awareness Syllabus: Properties, Risks and Effects on Health

In this latest series of blog posts, we’ve been looking at the UKATA syllabus for asbestos awareness training. So far, we’ve covered:

In this post, we’ll start looking at some of the requirements set out for specific areas, namely the properties, risks and effects on health of asbestos exposure. Much of this content will touch on a couple of previous posts:

However, here we are specifically looking at UKATA requirements for asbestos awareness course content, rather than the content itself.

Outline the properties, risks and its effects on health of asbestos exposure

After completing this section, the candidate should be able to:

  • Describe the properties of asbestos, including:
    • The natural origin and physical qualities of the material and the reasons for the material’s use
    • A brief history of the use of asbestos containing materials and associated bans on types of asbestos and product usage
    • White, brown, and blue asbestos
    • The properties of these materials which made them valuable to the construction industry
  • Describe the risks to and effects on health caused by exposure to asbestos:
    • Asbestos related diseases: pleural plaques and scars, asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, risk of developing disease, latency periods, amount of exposure required to cause specific diseases.
    • Increased risk of lung cancer from smoking.
  • Outline general epidemiology and statistics:
    • Provide general statistics on the epidemiology and current HSE statistics on asbestos related illness.

How we cover this content

Much of the first two modules in our online asbestos awareness course – What is asbestos and Asbestos and its effects on health – cover this content.