Asbestos Awareness Training was developed to help construction and maintenance workers recognize potentially hazardous asbestos materials, understand the health risks involved, and the precautions to avoid hazardous contact.

Asbestos Awareness

The term asbestos refers to one of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals with properties.  Although asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns. These properties of asbestos supported its use for many years in a number of different commercial and industrial settings, as well as in a wide range of consumer products.

Although its use has diminished in recent decades, there are still many products that contain asbestos, especially in older homes, schools, and public buildings.

Why Is Asbestos Hazardous?

Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that can easily become airborne and inhaled. Because of their shape, the asbestos particles cling to tissues of the lungs and other areas of the respiratory system.

Over time, these tiny fibers can cause inflammation, causing a number of health problems, the three biggest of which are:

  • Mesothelioma — This aggressive cancer forms in the thin membrane (mesothelium) that protects vital organs in the chest and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the only medically-verified cause of the disease.
  • Lung Cancer — Most commonly associated with factors like smoking and radon, lung cancer is also known to be exacerbated by exposure to asbestos.
  • Asbestosis — This degenerative respiratory condition results from the formation of scar tissue plaques on the surface of the pleura (lung linings). It can be a precursor to the onset of mesothelioma.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to recognize potentially hazardous materials.

Additionally, trainees will understand the health risks involved with asbestos, and the precautions to take when performing work activities to avoid hazardous contact.


Course Curriculum

Asbestos Awareness
Introduction – Asbestos FREE 00:04:00
Lesson 1 – What is Asbestos? 00:03:00
Lesson 2 – Health Effects 00:05:00
Lesson 3 – Where is it Found? 00:03:00
Lesson 4 – Dangerous Conditions 00:05:00
Lesson 5 – Avoiding Exposure 00:03:00
Closing – Asbestos Awareness 00:01:00
Knowledge Assessment – Asbestos 00:10:00

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