10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness
Get your statement of attainment with our 4 hour Asbestos Awareness course
Asbestos is one of the most insidious and dangerous substances you can come across. When the loose fibres are inhaled or swallowed, it can lead to mesothelioma, a deadly and incurable cancer.
Unfortunately, asbestos was widely used in commercial and residential construction prior to the 1980’s. Whenever a building with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) is renovated or demolished, it poses significant health risks to workers. Over the years, large amounts of asbestos have even been found buried underground after old structures have been carelessly demolished.
Knowing how to identify areas where asbestos contamination is likely is a skill every tradesperson should have from the start of their career.
Our 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness is a nationally accredited course. It is aimed at workers who may be potentially exposed to asbestos or ACMs. This includes electricians, builders, handymen, air conditioner installers, cleaners, engineers, landscapers and demolition crews.
The course is designed to give you the knowledge to identify and properly report asbestos containing materials and can be completed in 4 hours.
Gaining your statement of attainment for this course allows you to enter any work site where asbestos may be present. This will allow you to get on with the job you need to complete.
Completing the 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness is mandatory in the ACT for all workers who are reasonably likely to work with asbestos or ACMs.
Please note – completion of the 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness does not permit you to physically handle asbestos in any way or to work in an area where there is exposed asbestos.
Some quick facts about asbestos
- Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that resists exposure to fire, sound, water, and chemicals.
- It is composed of millions of fibers. Fibres that become airborne pose serious health risks to anyone who breathes them in.
- Asbestos never deteriorates. This is why it was originally used for construction purposes as it is such a strong yet lightweight material.
- There are two types of asbestos – friable (bonded) and non-friable (non-bonded).
- Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverised into powder form using your hand. This material poses a higher risk of exposing people to airborne asbestos fibres.
- Non-friable asbestos products are solid and you can’t crumble them in your hand. The asbestos has been mixed with a bonding compound such as cement.
- The fibres of non-friable asbestos can still be dangerous. When cracked, damaged or drilled through, the fibres can become airborne and therefore inhaled.
A brief overview of what you’ll learn in our 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness
- What is and what isn’t asbestos.
- The different types of asbestos.
- How to recognise and identify ACMs, even if the materials have been painted over or hidden.
- What to do if you find asbestos or suspect that you have found asbestos.
- General duty of care around asbestos.
- The importance of understanding and updating an asbestos register.
- Reporting procedures.
- The health effects of exposure to asbestos.
- Relevant legislation applying to asbestos.
Ready to enrol in our 10675NAT Course in Asbestos Awareness?
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1300 884 978, we’d be happy to provide you with any more information that you might need.