UKATA Asbestos Awareness Category A Training  Course

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In the UK, more than half a million non-domestic premises and houses are still thought to contain some form of asbestos.

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that around a quarter of the 4,000 or so people dying from asbestos-related diseases each year in Britain are tradespeople, such as joiners, electricians and plumbers. This is why Asbestos training is a legal requirement; so you can avoid the risks.

This module is classed as Category A training and is aimed at making learners aware of the dangers associated with unknowingly coming into contact with asbestos. It does not train them to work with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

This module has been developed in conjunction with Life Environmental.

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the properties of asbestos in terms of the risks to and effects on health caused by exposure to asbestos and the increased risk to those who smoke;
  • Outline the types of asbestos and explain where asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be typically found within buildings and in plants;
  • Describe the main reasons for the use of asbestos insulation, asbestos insulating boards, asbestos cement and other ACMs;
  • Describe the risks of fibre release from ACMs;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how you would find information about the presence of asbestos before starting work;
  • Know the procedures to follow if any unintentional contact is made with ACMs and have knowledge of appropriate emergency procedures; and
  • Outline the legislation relating to asbestos, particularly with reference to regulations 4 and 5 of The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR).


Lesson Plan


  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • An Introduction to Asbestos Awareness
  • A History of Asbestos
  • What is Asbestos?
  • Risks and Adverse Effects on Health
  • Typical Uses of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials
  • Legislation Relating to Asbestos and ACMs
  • Basic Safety and Emergency Procedures
  • Samples of ACMs which can be Handled by Trained Individuals



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.



This module has been developed in conjunction with Life Environmental. When you have successfully completed your course and attained the 80% required to pass the test, you will receive an UKATA accredited certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. On average this course takes 2 hours to complete. The length of time taken depends entirely on how individuals study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like. The Learning Management System automatically records your progress so you can pause and resume the training easily.

Target Audience

This module is aimed at anyone who may be exposed to asbestos, such as those involved in refurbishment, demolition, general building or maintenance work, where there is a risk of disturbing asbestos during the course of their work. This includes a wide range of professionals such as plumbers, architects, cable layers, roofers and caretakers.

Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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