Asbestos materials have been used for decades for building insulation as well as in roofing, water supply piping and even in vehicle parts.
However, if asbestos fibres are released into the air and inhaled, the long-term effects can be catastrophic to health. This means that nowadays more modern alternatives are used instead, and asbestos is now mostly only found in older buildings (Pre 2000).
Training in asbestos awareness is designed to offer workers and supervisors the information they need to avoid work which disturbs asbestos in the first place. It’s not designed to prepare you or your employees to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. If you or someone in your team does need to carry out work that will disturb it, further training and instruction will be required.