Asbestos Awareness (Category A) Training Course

Online Asbestos Awareness Training
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Asbestos is an incredibly hazardous material that can cause serious ill-health to anyone who disturbs it. For this reason, anyone who is likely to disturb asbestos in their work must have an awareness of the correct health and safety procedures to follow.

Asbestos Awareness (Category A) training helps workers to understand the risks associated with the material so that they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos. This IATP accredited Asbestos Awareness course provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos and helps employers to comply with the law by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

Note that any workers who plan to carry out work which will knowingly disturb asbestos require a higher level of training, (Category B or C) which is not supplied by this course. This course does not allow you to work with asbestos containing materials.

  • Complies with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Ensures compliance with UK Health and Safety legislation
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Accredited by CPD & IATP, approved by RoSPA
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Audited and Approved by IATP

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The IATP are a nationally recognised not-for-profit organisation working in conjunction with the HSE. This IATP accreditation logo on our course gives you the confidence to know that our Asbestos Awareness Training has been independently audited and meets the relevant Category A Asbestos Regulations.

Who Should Take This Course?

All workers who are likely to disturb asbestos containing materials during their normal work should be trained so that they can work safely. This Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course is suitable for anyone who may be exposed to asbestos as part of their work so that they understand the dangers and can avoid any work which may disturb asbestos. This includes, but is not limited to, professions such as:

  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Carpenters, joiners and construction workers
  • Plumbers
  • Roofing contractors
  • Painters, decorators and plasterers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Computer installers and telecommunications engineers
  • General maintenance staff
  • Cable layers and electricians

Do You Comply With Asbestos Regulations?

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) regulations, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate control of employees’ exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.

Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that any employee liable to be exposed to asbestos must be given adequate information, instruction and training to ensure they can safeguard themselves and other employees and carry out their work effectively. This level of training is known as Category A Asbestos Awareness training.

Specific responsibilities under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 include:

  • Preventing exposure to the fibre or, where not possible, make sure it is kept as low as reasonably practicable.
  • Keeping exposure below a certain control limit.
  • Presuming that all materials contain asbestos unless there is evidence to the contrary.
  • Keeping an up to date written record of the location and condition of any asbestos materials or presumed asbestos-containing materials.
  • Ensuring written records are sufficient to allow another person to identify the materials.
  • Assessing the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from these materials.


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Approved by RoSPA logo

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. The certificate displays our IATP accreditation.

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also approved by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as providing quality and content-approved training.

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction - what is asbestos? Where is asbestos found? Why was asbestos used? Types of asbestos and the ill-health effects.
  • The Legal Framework - the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, duty holder and employee responsibilities and asbestos surveys.
  • Risk Assessment - identifying hazards, deciding who may be harmed, evaluating risks, recording findings and reviewing and updating the risk assessment.
  • Asbestos Containing Materials - friability, controlling exposure, asbestos related diseases, smoking, Workplace Exposure Limit, respiratory protective equipment and health surveillance.
  • Emergency Procedures - EM1, what to do if illness occurs, fire procedures, what to do if a hazardous substance is released and what to do if there is an asbestos leak.
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Aims of the Course

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Understand why asbestos containing materials can be harmful and need to be treated as a hazardous substance.
  • Understand the ill-health effects that asbestos can have.
  • Know how to undertake an asbestos risk assessment.
  • Understand the measures needed to eliminate or reduce the risks from asbestos.
  • Know what the responsibilities of employers and employees are under health and safety law.
  • Understand the necessary emergency procedures.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

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