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Asbestos and Silica Awareness are dedicated to providing Australians with knowledge, skills, and tools to keep them and their co-workers safe from asbestos exposure.

In the past, individuals and companies looking to undertake or provide an asbestos course had to arrange the training to be facilitated at a company office, onsite, or at a designated training facility.

Onsite or facility training could derail productivity for businesses, cut into workers' personal time, and create circumstances where it was challenging to arrange group training with all staff.

Our asbestos specialists at Asbestos and Silica Awareness have created a fully online, and on-demand asbestos awareness course that can be completed in an individual's own time, either over a few hours or spread out over more time.

Once you have completed all modules and paid for the course, your certificate will be emailed directly to your inbox. An e-card will be sent to your phone for certificate verification.

The importance of asbestos awareness training

The amount of asbestos still undiscovered in Australia is staggering, and the clean up looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Everyone can unknowingly come into contact with asbestos; however, there are jobs, trades, industries and properties where potential asbestos exposure is high.

Our online asbestos awareness course is designed for all people who may encounter asbestos or materials containing asbestos in any industry, workplace or property.

However, the trades and industries in Australia with a higher risk of asbestos exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturing industries
  • Factory workers
  • Shipbuilding and repair industries
  • Power generation trades and workers
  • Chemical industries
  • Firefighters and emergency response workers
  • Asphalt workers
  • Construction trades
  • Domestic trades
  • All mining industries

Whether you work in one of the trades or jobs listed, work adjacent to these trades, or work in a facility known to have asbestos still present, you may benefit from this affordable online asbestos course, increasing you, your coworkers and your family's safety.

Asbestos awareness course overview

We have designed this course to be informative, engaging and thorough, providing you with all the knowledge and skills required to be an asbestos awareness expert.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know what asbestos is and where it comes from
  • Understand the risks associated with asbestos exposure
  • Be able to identify potential ACPs
  • Know the legal obligations surrounding asbestos
  • Know how to contain asbestos and how to keep people safe
  • Who can legally safely remove and dispose of asbestos and more

Read on for an extensive asbestos awareness course overview, and learn why you should choose Asbestos and Silica Awareness as your course provider. Please note, payment will be prior to the commencement of the course.

Part 1: Asbestos and your health

Part one of our comprehensive asbestos awareness course gives you a detailed explanation of asbestos, critical information regarding asbestos, and an excellent foundation to build your knowledge.

Everybody learns in different ways and at varied paces. Because this course is online and on-demand, you can take your time to absorb the material at your own rate and ensure that you feel confident you thoroughly understand the course material.

In this primary module, you will cover:

  • What is asbestos
  • The health effects of exposure
  • Asbestos in vehicles
  • Uses and locations of asbestos and more

At the end of this module, you will understand why having an educated awareness of asbestos is vital when working in trades, industrial settings, or buying or managing a property where asbestos may be or is still present.

Because asbestos is not only banned in Australia but is categorised as illegal, there are many legal parameters to understand when certified in asbestos awareness.

This includes legalities surrounding asbestos discovery, a person's duty of care, and restrictions as to who can handle the asbestos, which will be covered in part two of our asbestos online course.

Part 2: Legal Obligations

Asbestos was banned and categorised as illegal in December of 2003. After this historic government action, many legal specifications, restrictions, and due processes were set in place.

In module two, we will look at:

  • General Duty of Care
  • Duty of Care and Asbestos
  • Code of Practice
  • Asbestos Register
  • Notification To Workers
  • Waste Removal and Disposal
  • Prohibition of Work
  • Duty To Identify
  • Equipment Restrictions
  • Duty To Train
  • Location of Asbestos
  • Asbestos Management Plan
  • Demolition and Refurbishment
  • Clearance Inspection
  • Asbestos Levels
  • Licences and more

By the end of the second module, you will start to understand asbestos-related topics and the processes that must be followed where asbestos is concerned.

You will also understand who is legally allowed to deal with asbestos removal and disposal and understand the Government-regulated systems that have been put in place to deal with the asbestos problem in Australia.

In the third and final module of your asbestos online course, you will learn the practical aspects of asbestos awareness, like the processes themselves, personal protective equipment and other helpful information. Please note, payment will be prior to the commencement of the course.

Part 3: Asbestos risk management

After learning about asbestos and covering the legal obligations and processes surrounding this toxic substance, we will now look at the practical aspects of asbestos awareness and management, like risk management, safety equipment, and emergency protocols.

In this third and final module, we will take an in-depth look at:

  • Risk Management and Asbestos
  • Controlling Asbestos Risks
  • Air Monitoring
  • Health Surveillance
  • PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Respirators
  • Disturbing Asbestos
  • Preparation for Maintenance
  • Tools
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Decontamination
  • Clearance Inspections and Monitoring
  • Waste Removal and Disposal
  • Warning Signs and Labels
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures When Discovering Asbestos
  • Emergency Containment Measures

This final module will tie together everything you have learnt about asbestos while developing valuable skills to make you a competent asbestos awareness specialist.

Our experienced training design team is passionate about producing confident asbestos awareness specialists who feel steadfast in their knowledge and abilities to deal with asbestos in their industries or properties.

What is Asbestos?

Before asbestos's decline in use in the 1980s and its total ban in 2003, Australia was one of the biggest importers of asbestos and asbestos products globally, using it extensively throughout residential, commercial and industrial property construction, and an estimated 3000 products in various industries.

Due to the extensive use of asbestos in Australia, it will be decades before we see this harmful substance eradicated from old buildings, legacy structures and industrial waste.

Asbestos is highly toxic to humans, especially when its particles are inhaled. Therefore, it is vital for people who work in industries with a high risk of asbestos exposure to be educated in the identification, containment, disposal and legal obligations surrounding asbestos. Please note, payment will be prior to the commencement of the course.

Asbestos is a natural fibrous silicate mineral that is mined from the earth. There are six sub-categories of asbestos, which all feature long, thin, fibrous crystals called "fibrils".

WHS regulations in Australia define asbestos compounds as:

  1. Actinolite
  2. Grunerite or amosite (brown asbestos)
  3. Anthophyllite
  4. Chrysotile (white asbestos)
  5. Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
  6. Tremolite

There are also circumstances where there is a mixture of these sub-variants in one location or deposit.

This fibrous material had many advantages for industrial applications, including:

  • Lightweight
  • High tensile strength
  • Heat resistance
  • Fire retardant
  • Sound insulative
  • Temperature insulative and more

Some common asbestos-containing products, known as ACPs, that were used in Australia before its ban include:

  • Flat and corrugated sheeting
  • Weatherboard panels (also known as Hardy board)
  • Cement pipes
  • Insulation
  • Floor and wall tiles
  • Adhesives
  • Machine parts
  • Roofing
  • Automobile parts, such as brake pads
  • Textiles
  • Textured paints and more

This natural fibre was not unique to the industrial age, with archaeological evidence of asbestos fibres being used in pottery dating back to the stone age dating back to approximately 4,000BCE.

The modern world's biggest miners and producers of asbestos compounds include:

  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Zimbabwe
  • Canada

Between the 1930s and 1960s, crocidolite, commonly known as blue asbestos, one of the most toxic types, was mined in the Western Australia town of Wittenoom in Western Australia; these mines were shut down in 1966 after many workers and families were negatively affected by asbestos exposure.

Asbestos fibrils can become airborne when disturbed, by breakage, cutting, grinding, or crushing. These asbestos particles can be easily inhaled into the lungs, mouth, nose, throat and stomach.

The most hazardous type of asbestos, referred to as "friable" asbestos, is considered the most dangerous; friable meaning when it is in a dry, crumbled, pulverised or powdered state. Asbestos is highly toxic to human beings and has been linked to various life-altering or fatal health conditions.

Asbestos in Australia

Australia has a long and complicated history of asbestos use and, at one point, was the biggest importer of Asbestos and asbestos products in the world. Asbestos variants were used extensively in residential, commercial and industrial buildings between the 1920s to 1940s, with continued use in various forms up until the 1990s.

By the 1980s, it was apparent and publically known that asbestos was a highly toxic material and was unsafe for human use, which began the phasing out of asbestos mining and the imports of asbestos-containing products.

In a historic 2003 action by the Australian Government, asbestos was banned entirely in Australia, making it an illegal product.

As of the 31st of December 2003, it is illegal to:

  • Use
  • Re-use
  • Manufacture
  • Import
  • Transport
  • Store
  • Sell asbestos products

Over the past several decades, there have been many heavily publicised class action cases against major corporate entities that subjected workers and members of the public to asbestos exposure, and compensation claims are expected to continue in the future.

Asbestos removal and disposal in Australia

Unlicenced asbestos removal is permitted in certain circumstances, although it is not recommended by asbestos experts, even if you have asbestos awareness accreditation.

The safest way to remove and dispose of asbestos after it has been identified is to contact a licenced asbestos removal professional with the correct equipment, tools, PPE apparatus and disposal facilities.

Current asbestos removal laws fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations act 2017, and all removal and disposal protocols are governed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Asbestos dangers

The microscopic fibrils in asbestos can become airborne at the slightest disturbance, making their way into the human nose, mouth, throat, stomach and lungs. There are no safe levels of asbestos exposure for humans in any part of the body; however, the lungs are where asbestos does the most damage.

These microscopic asbestos fibres create irritation, inflammation and scarring of lung tissues, which slowly accumulate, causing thickening and stiffening of the lungs; there is no known cure for asbestosis.

Asbestos is a carcinogen responsible for a range of cancers, including mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lung lining known as pleura. Mesothelioma is almost exclusive to asbestos exposure.

There is also a condition called peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen and often spreads to other organs.

A summary of the life-altering and potentially fatal health conditions directly linked to asbestos exposure include:

The chance of catching asbestos-related diseases is often more aggressive and has an earlier onset in people who smoke.

It is estimated that over 4000 Australians have died from asbestos-related illnesses, with approximately 700 dying from mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure in 2018 alone. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise.

Why choose Asbestos and Silica Awareness for your asbestos course provider?

While many asbestos awareness courses are available both in-person and online, not all courses are created equal. We believe that asbestos awareness is not something that can be left to sub-standard training.

Asbestos in Australia presents unique challenges, and the information you gain in our online, on-demand asbestos awareness course could save lives, including your own.

We have been meticulous in developing our courses to ensure all information is current and compliant. Our safety awareness courses are designed for people to receive cutting edge training while removing the pressures and time constraints of the traditional classroom setting.

Working and testing your asbestos awareness knowledge online and at your own pace can help you retain this comprehensive course content more effectively, instead of being rushed through in a group to remember only a fraction of the course content in the following days, weeks and months.

To make our courses even more appealing, we have endeavoured to keep the course costs to a minimum and designed the modules to give you the most critical information in the shortest time possible.

We believe that safety courses, like asbestos awareness, needn't be time-consuming and laborious and that information as vital to occupational health and safety as asbestos awareness should be accessible to everyone.

Superior asbestos awareness training

Asbestos and Silica Awareness are passionate about protecting all Australians from asbestos exposure.

Our online and on-demand asbestos awareness course is available to start today. Remember, Asbestos is highly toxic to humans, especially when its particles are inhaled. Therefore, it is vital for people who work in industries with a high risk of asbestos exposure to be educated in the identification, containment, disposal and legal obligations surrounding asbestos. Increasing your knowledge around this topic keeps you, and your team safe!

Our asbestos awareness course designers have strived to ensure our modules are easy to follow and absorb, ensuring you are confident in your asbestos awareness abilities and responsibilities.

Upon payment (at the beginning of your course), we will immediately send your e-certificate via email and send your e-card to your phone for onsite verification of your credentials. So be part of the asbestos solution and start your online, on-demand asbestos awareness course today by clicking this link. Please remember, payment will be prior to the commencement of the course.

For more information, send your inquiry via our online contact form, or to speak to a representative. We look forward to helping you improve your asbestos knowledge and safety today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get my licence when I complete this asbestos awareness course?

No, asbestos awareness is not a licence to work in the asbestos management industry. Once you have successfully completed all three of our asbestos awareness modules, you will receive a Statement of Completion by Asbestos and Silica Awareness.

Can you do asbestos awareness online?

Our course is online and on-demand, meaning all modules consist of prerecorded video content, slide shows and presentations followed by a series of multiple-choice examinations.

You can work through this course online in your own time; there is no need to attend online meetings or join an online classroom. Instead, simply log into your course account when you are ready to continue studying until all modules are completed.

Who can do Asbestos awareness training?

While people in high-risk asbestos exposure trades and those who work in adjacent industries are likely to benefit the most from asbestos awareness training, the course is open to anyone who wishes to obtain asbestos awareness knowledge and accreditation.

Are there any prerequisites for asbestos awareness training?

Anyone can access our asbestos awareness courses; no prerequisites are needed, and no prior experience in any trade or industry is required.

How long does the asbestos awareness course take to complete?

Our asbestos awareness course is online and on-demand, meaning you can work through and finish it at your own pace. However, if you decide to work through it in one sitting, the completion time is approximately one to two hours.

Does this course qualify me to work with asbestos?

No! This course is an awareness course only and does not give someone the skills, credentials, licences or legal grounds to touch, remove, dispose of or give authority on asbestos removal or disposal in any way or form.

Is this asbestos course affordable?

Our asbestos awareness course is in line with or below the average price for other asbestos awareness courses. 

Click here to begin your 100% online, and on-demand asbestos awareness course today.

Will I receive an Asbestos Awareness e-card?

Once the course modules have been successfully completed and payment has been made, an e-card will be sent to your phone, so you can provide proof of accreditation where it is required.

Places you may be required to present an e-card include, but are not limited to:

Safety inductions
Job interviews
Random onsite ticket checks
Factories and more

Your e-card will identify your unique certification number to ensure your accreditation is recognised Australia-wide.

What do I do if I believe I have discovered asbestos before finishing my asbestos awareness course?

If you believe you, a coworker or a family member has discovered an asbestos product; you should immediately notify senior management, a site supervisor, or contact a professional asbestos removal expert to assess the situation.

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Our asbestos and silica awareness and safety training provides you with the knowledge and skills to identify asbestos and silica-containing materials, deal with them, and adopt safe practices.