Asbestos is a mineral that was used in houses for protecting and fireproofing. It is built up of long thin fibers which can cause severe health problems if inhaled. All types of Asbestos were prevented by legislation in 1999 however asbestos still exists in some of these older buildings. There are different types of UKATA online certifications to those who handle asbestos regularly. The UKATA Category “A” Asbestos Awareness course is necessary for anyone responsible to encounter or disturb Asbestos containing materials. Under the control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, employers must give anyone who is likely to work on or disturb asbestos materials with information regarding the location, condition and correct security practices when working with asbestos materials. Contractors who may disturb asbestos are responsible for getting this certification prior to them engaging their work duties.

UKATA online certification course for asbestos awareness is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be given to all demolition or re-construction workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied businesses where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the fabric of the building because asbestos-containing materials may become exposed during their work. Exemption from this requirement would apply only where the employer can show that work will only be carried out in or on buildings free of ACMs. Asbestos awareness training is not to work with any kinds of asbestos.

The online UKATA Course for asbestos awareness is segmented into different modules, and although the setup of the course may vary for different constituents, the module topics are mostly categorized as below:

-Types and characteristics of asbestos
-Uses of asbestos and likely locations of Asbestos-Containing Materials in buildings
-The risks of asbestos, and the health effects
-Asbestos law
-Emergency methods

Points to remember when working with asbestos in the workplace or in the home are:

-Never use high-pressure water jets to wet surfaces as this may increase the exposure of fibers or dust
-Do not slide one sheet over the surface of another
-Avoid the use of power tools, abrasive cutting or sanding discs, or compressed air on asbestos cement, as these will contribute to airborne dust and debris
-Never leave asbestos cement wastes around the garden, or where they may be broken

Asbestos Training is a legal requirement for all workers who are liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work so that they can recognize potential asbestos containing materials (ACM's) and understand what to do if they come across them. There are many Benefits taking UKATA online courses. It is more cost-effective and convenient option for classroom training. This asbestos e-learning course is intended to make students aware of the dangers of asbestos arising from unknowingly coming into contact with airborne asbestos fibers. Also, e-learning is approved by health and safety commission as a good learning tool as long as it meets the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations in 2012.

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Olive Learning's asbestos awareness online course has been designed for any individual working in an environment where there is a high risk of encountering asbestos. Under current EU legislation employers must ensure sufficient asbestos awareness training for all staff. Please note that this is an awareness course only and does not prepare you to work with asbestos-containing materials.