Asbestos Awareness (Category A) Online Course

Asbestos Awareness (Category A) Online Course

2-3 Hours2-3 Hours
Interactive Interactive
Cost effectiveCost effective

Anyone who comes into contact with asbestos, or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) at work, must be trained in order to carry out their job safely. Asbestos is an extremely dangerous substance, which can cause serious health implications if disturbed or damaged.

Make sure you understand the hazards of working with asbestos, what to do if you accidentally discover asbestos on your worksite, and how to comply with safety laws.

This 2-3 hour IATP accredited Asbestos Awareness (Category A) course has been developed by health and safety professionals to comply with UK Health and Safety regulation.

Please note: This is not a practical training course. If you plan to work directly with asbestos or ACMs, you will need additional training beyond this general awareness course, with practical demonstrations of control measures and personal protective equipment.


By the end of this 2-3 hour online training course, you will:

  • Understand what asbestos is and why it is harmful
  • Know what an asbestos containing-material (ACM) is
  • Identify the extremely serious health effects caused by exposure to asbestos
  • Explain the asbestos control measures, as required by law
  • Demonstrate the responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Know what to do if you or your colleagues discover asbestos containing materials or accidentally disturb them


This online course covers the following topic areas:

  • An introduction to asbestos: the different types, the dangers, how it was used, why it was used, and the activities that can cause health risks
  • The legal duties of anyone working with asbestos
  • Who is at risk from exposure?
  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR)
  • Handling asbestos in non-domestic premises
  • Implications for demolition and maintenance work
  • Identifying the presence of asbestos
  • Risk assessments and inspections
  • Asbestos-related diseases
  • Friability of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs)
  • Workplace Exposure Limits
  • Health and medical surveillance
  • Respiratory protective equipment
  • Accidental disturbance or discovery of ACMs
  • HSE guidance EM1 and EM1 flowchart
  • Emergency procedures


At the end of this course, you will need to take an online exam containing 20 multiple-choice questions. The exam is marked automatically and you’ll find out your results straight away. A pass mark of 90% is required, however, if you are unsuccessful, you can re-take the exam as many times as you need to at no extra charge.

Who is this Course for?

Dutyholders, such as building owners or those with control of a building through contract or tenancy.

  • Employers carrying out demolition, maintenance or repair of a property.
  • Employers responsible for workers who may be exposed to asbestos.
  • Anyone working in the following professions:
    • Demolition workers
    • Joiners and construction workers
    • Plumbers, Plasterers or carpenters
    • Heating and ventilation engineers
    • Roofing contractors
    • Painters and decorators
    • Fire/burglar alarm installers
    • Computer installers
    • Shopfitters
    • Gasfitters
    • Telecommunications engineers
    • General maintenance staff
    • Electricians
    • Cable layers
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