Asbestos Quiz

February 27, 2024
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Test your Asbestos Knowledge

Asbestos is a hazardous substance that can cause ill-health to anyone who disturbs it. Although asbestos is no longer used or imported in the UK, it is still common in existing buildings and environments, especially those built before the year 2000. How much do you know about the dangers of asbestos? Try our quiz now!


What makes asbestos dangerous?

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Exposure to asbestos is extremely dangerous as asbestos-related diseases can take a long time to develop and often have no symptoms at all. Once a diagnosis has been made, it is often too late to do anything.

Which of these illnesses is caused by asbestos fibres?

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Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the lungs, caused by inhalation of asbestos fibres. It is fatal at the time of diagnosis.

Which of the following is an example of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)?

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RPE includes respirators (a half-mask respirator, for example) or breathing apparatus.

Who is required to take asbestos awareness (category A) training?

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Anyone whose work activities may expose them to asbestos should take asbestos awareness training. Asbestos awareness training does not qualify anyone to remove asbestos.

Who is responsible for checking whether a premise contains asbestos?

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Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, premise owners or employers are identified as dutyholders and, therefore, have the responsibility to check for the presence of asbestos before any work begins.

What does it mean when an asbestos-containing material (ACM) is described as friable?

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Friable ACMs are more likely to be damaged, crumble easily and release inhalable asbestos fibres into the air. The greater the friability of an ACM, the greater the risk.

What colour will help you to identify the presence of asbestos?

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Though the types of asbestos are often referred to by colours (chrysotile as white asbestos, for example), in most cases you cannot distinguish the type of asbestos by colour. Accredited testing is always required.

What should you do if you suspect an ACM is present?

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If you suspect the presence of asbestos, you should never continue with the work. Always stop work immediately and inform your employer.

What is the primary legislation concerning asbestos in non-domestic establishments?

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CAR 2012 covers the primary duties of those in control of places where asbestos may be present, including what is required to identify and manage it.

What should happen if a survey identifies an ACM that is in good condition but not liable to be damaged in a building where work is due to be carried out?

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Asbestos in good condition and not liable to damage does not pose a risk. It should be left undisturbed and its presence recorded.

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