SOCOTEC Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that was often used in brake linings, roofing, flooring and insulation materials due to its extensive range of physical properties, including high tensile strength, malleability, flexibility and durability, as well as thermal, chemical and electrical resistance. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibres into the air which, if inhaled, can cause serious and potentially fatal lung diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. These diseases can take decades to develop, and as asbestos was not banned in the UK until late 1999, any employee who worked in buildings built before this date could be at risk.

The new Asbestos Awareness course by SOCOTEC UK has been developed specifically by the organisation’s Health & Safety Training and Asbestos teams. Designed to protect employees from the potential dangers of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), SOCOTEC’s Asbestos Awareness online course helps employers to fulfil their duty to manage, offering appropriate information, instruction and training to keep staff who are likely to come into contact with ACMs safe.

Key points

  • Suitability: Anyone who may come across asbestos/ACMs during working activities, as well as duty holders/supervisors who manage or control those directly at risk
  • Experience: No prerequisites required
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Number of modules: Three
  • Assessment: Final test
  • Teaching method: Online.

Asbestos Awareness – aims/objectives

SOCOTEC’s Asbestos Awareness e-learning course aims to educate delegates on the following areas:

  • Providing a full understanding of what asbestos is and to recognise the various types
  • Detailing the common types ACMs and where they may be found
  • Explaining the procedures regarding asbestos-related incidents
  • Raising awareness of asbestos-related diseases and risk factors
  • Highlighting the legal requirements relating to asbestos and how it is managed in the workplace.

Asbestos Awareness – course outcomes

By completing SOCOTEC’s online Asbestos Awareness training online, delegates will be able to identify the different types of asbestos and the health risks associated with exposure. They will also understand the importance of relevant legislation (the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) and the need for safe working practices. Delegates will also have an understanding of the importance of asbestos surveys and action plans, as well as the requirement of making these documents available to any tradesperson working at a site where asbestos has been identified.

Who is the Asbestos Awareness course suitable for?

The Asbestos Awareness online course from SOCOTEC is suitable for any employee who may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials in their working environment. Please note that the course is only suitable for raising awareness and does not qualify delegates to work with, knowingly disturb or remove asbestos.

How long does my Asbestos Awareness certificate last?

Certification for SOCOTEC’s Asbestos Awareness e-learning course expires after one year, in line with the HSE’s recommendation that training should be updated on an annual basis. Upon successful completion of the final test, users can download and print off their certificate demonstrating their newfound knowledge and awareness surrounding asbestos, related diseases and management procedures. 

How many modules are in SOCOTEC’s Asbestos Awareness online course?

SOCOTEC’s Asbestos Awareness online course is split into three modules and a final assessment:

  • Asbestos Awareness – overview
  • Asbestos management
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Final test.

    If you’re booking e-learning for over 20 people, please use the form below and we will provide you with a quote. For bookings of less than 20, please make your purchase online.