UKATA Asbestos Awareness

Construction By Matthew Coombes

What is asbestos?

Asbestos was used in domestic and non-domestic buildings from the 1950’s until the late 90’s, thankfully white asbestos was banned in 1999, whilst blue and brown asbestos, the two most dangerous forms, were banned in 1985.
However, asbestos was widely used, and can be found in many products from before 1999 and often was mixed with other materials so it is hard to identify. Common uses included floor tiles, pipe insulation and textured finish for walls and ceilings called Artex. So if you’re working in buildings that have been built before the year 2000, whether it’s for general maintenance, as a plumber, electrician, painter & decorator, or from a wide variety of other professions then the UKATA Asbestos awareness course is an essential.

My experience of ACT’s UKATA Asbestos Awareness E-Learning

I’ve recently completed ACT’s UKATA asbestos awareness E-learning course to gain an understanding of what asbestos is, and who it effects. I was particularly interested in this course because I want to test the water when it comes to taking e-learning courses. I’ve studied in classrooms before, but never really considered training online. So a short course such as the Asbestos Awareness was a great opportunity to see if E-learning is for me before moving onto a higher level course.

For me one of the best things about e-learning was the ability to pick off from where you left off, just simply click resume and you’re exactly where you were when you went off to go get a cup of tea.

I found that the course was interactive, with informative videos, clickable images and sub headings that turn what would be a wall of text into separated points. Big bulky blocks of information aren’t my strong suite, so it was good for me that the information was split up into neat pages and modules.

After each module is a 3 question quiz, I found this to be useful as it was confirming learning for each module along the way. It was good to have practice questions that you’re allowed to get wrong before taking the actual assessment at the end of the course.
The assessment was a straight forward multiple choice exam, with 15 questions and 12 correct required to pass and a very generous 40 minutes in which to do it (though it took no where near that long to answer the questions).

I’m a sucker for a certificate so it’s nice to have something shows that I have done the training, and also that it qualifies for 2 hours of CPD certified training.

All in all I think that the information I have gained in doing this UKATA course has made it well worth my time.

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