This is a two-hour online training course and will provide you with a good understanding of what asbestos is and where you are likely to find it. It will explain how to protect yourself when you do find it.

The Wonder of Asbestos

What is so wonderful about asbestos?

  • It is a naturally occurring material
  • It is in abundance in the Earth’s crust
  • It is virtually indestructible
  • It is fibrous, so it can impart strength and resistance into other materials
  • It forms a very good barrier to the propagation of fire
  • It is an excellent insulator for heat and sound

So, why isn’t it used any longer?

  • It is responsible for the highest number of deaths associated with work activities
  • Approximately 250 people die each year as a result of an accident associated with work in the UK
  • Approximately 1,000 people die each year as a result of road traffic accidents associated with work in the UK
  • Approximately 3,500 people die each year as a result of exposure to asbestos fibres associated with work in the UK
  • Asbestos may not be used anymore in the UK but there is still a lot of it around and it is likely to remain that way for many years to come.

We all know what sheets of “Asbestos” look like so what is the problem?

Many common materials can be asbestos or can contain asbestos and they do not look like asbestos cement and are not easily recognisable.

NOTE: Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 requires every employer to provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training of a specified content to all of his employees who could be exposed to asbestos and those who supervise such employees. He must also provide retraining at suitable intervals.


Event programme

The online module covers:

  • What is asbestos?
  • Key dates
  • The properties of asbestos and the effects on health
  • The types of products or materials likely to contain asbestos
  • The operations which could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventive controls to minimize exposure
  • Safe work practices, control measures and protective equipment
  • Purpose, choice, limitations, proper use and maintenance of 9. respiratory protective equipment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Hygiene requirements
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Waste handling procedures
  • Medical examination requirements
  • The control limit and the need for air monitoring
  • Self Assessment

Intended audience

  • Construction workers
  • Health and Safety Officers/Managers
  • Risk Control Managers
  • Facility managers
  • Maintenance staff
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Farmworkers
  • Householders
  • Building Surveyors

Basically, everyone who can come into contact with it.


Because asbestos-related diseases kill too many people (more people in the UK every year than do road accidents).

BRE has also created the YellowJacket SHEQ software to help manage safety and environmental risks.


£50.00 + VAT

Course Author(s)

Mike Jaggs

Associate Director, BRE Academy

Mike is a construction engineer with over 25 years of post-graduate experience. He has an MSc from University College London in Refurbishment and has expertise in sustainability, indoor air quality, radon and Building Regulations Part L, specifically airtightness and infrared thermography. He is qualified in delivering adult education and has experience of delivering a range of courses and qualifications.

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