Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos can be dangerous if not handled correctly. That’s why asbestos awareness is such a crucial investment.

Ensure you and your workforce remain safe when managing asbestos with AIC trusted asbestos awareness training online.

This affordable, convenient and IATP approved online course is provided by High Speed Training, a UK based eLearning specialist offering a wide variety of online training courses for numerous different industries.

Why take Asbestos Awareness Training?

Asbestos can cause severe ill-health – following the correct health and safety procedures will prevent this.

The Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course ensures that workers understand the risks associated with asbestos, allowing them to avoid any work that may disturb asbestos.

This IATP accredited Asbestos Awareness training provides a complete introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos and helps employers to comply with law and regulations, ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

Should you be involved in a project that requires asbestos to be disturbed, you will however require a higher level of training, (Category B or C) which is not provided by this course. This course does not allow you to work with asbestos containing materials.


Asbestos Awareness Training Overview

  • 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, RoSPA and IATP
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take the Asbestos Awareness course?

All workers who run the risk of accidentally or unintentionally disturbing asbestos containing materials during their normal work should be trained so that they can work safely.

Ensuring employees are able to continue their work uninterrupted without fear of harm from exposure to asbestos is so valuable. Educating employees so that they can identify asbestos and that they’re aware of the necessary health and safety procedures to take around asbestos can save time and certainly help prevent your employees from befalling harm.

In particular, this course is suitable for anyone working in 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

This list is only an overview of the professions to which this course is applicable – even if your profession is not listed above, you may still require asbestos awareness training. Contact High Speed Training if you are unsure.

Complying with Asbestos Regulations


Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) regulations, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate training to limit 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 sufficient information, instruction and training to ensure:

  • They can safeguard themselves
  • They can also protect their fellow employees
  • They are able to 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 that employers must aim to comply with include:

  • Preventing exposure to asbestos fibre, or, where not possible, reducing exposure to as low as reasonably practicable.
  • Keeping exposure below a certain control limit.
  • Presuming that all materials contain asbestos unless there is evidence to suggest otherwise.
  • Keeping an up to date written record of the location and condition of any asbestos materials or presumed asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
  • Ensuring written records are sufficient to allow other individuals to identify the ACMs.
  • Assessing the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from these materials.

Certification of your Asbestos Awareness Training

On successful completion of the course, you will be sent a quality assured certificate in the post the next working day. The certification display’s High Speed Training’s IATP accreditation and can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.

All of High Speed Training’s courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

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

Asbestos Awareness Online Course Content

The course is divided into five independent modules and includes an assessment at the end.

Below is a summary of what you will find within each learning module:

  • Introduction – what is asbestos? Where is asbestos found? Why was asbestos used? Understanding the different types of asbestos and the potential ill-health effects.
  • The Legal Framework – the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the duty holder, employee responsibilities and asbestos surveys.
  • Risk Assessment – identifying hazards, establishing who may be harmed, evaluating risks, recording findings and reviewing and updating the risk assessment.
  • Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) – friability, limiting 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.

Asbestos Awareness Course Aims

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Understand why ACMs 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.

Asbestos Awareness Assessment

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


View the course on High Speed Training’s website to begin your online training today:

Asbestos Awareness (Category A) Training