UKATA Asbestos Awareness


This course is applicable to anyone that works or maintains buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000. In these buildings asbestos may be present and being aware of the risks that asbestos can pose, and where it is commonly found is important.
This UKATA approved course teaches people to understand what asbestos is, the typical locations where it is found, and how to work safely to avoid exposure in the event that they are working in the vicinity of asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

This asbestos awareness course does not train individuals how to work with or remove any form or asbestos.
In reference to the requirement of asbestos awareness training, the HSE states – “If a worker is planning to carry out work that will disturb ACMs, further information, instruction and training will be needed”.

Personnel that undertake maintenance, refurbishment or building work. Examples will include: general maintenance staff, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, painters and decorators, joiners, plasterers, demolition workers, construction workers, roofers, heating and ventilation engineers, telecommunication engineers, burglar/fire alarm installers, architects, building surveyors, Information Technology installers and other such professionals.

This course is three and a half hours long and covers the following topics:

  • Module 1 – Types, nature and properties of asbestos
  • Module 2 – Risks of asbestos and effects on health, including effects of smoking
  • Module 3 – Use and locations of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
  • Module 4 – Legislation affecting asbestos
  • Module 5 – Avoiding and reducing risks

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