Free asbestos awareness and safety course

TAFE NSW is offering free asbestos awareness and safety training.

This course is aimed at all NSW construction tradespeople, demolition workers, renovators, landscapers, handypersons and anyone who is likely to encounter asbestos on the job. Completion of this course will ensure employers of these workers meet their legal obligation to provide asbestos awareness training. Further training is required to do licensed asbestos removal work i.e. to remove more than 10sqm of non-friable asbestos or any amount of friable asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks and was used in over 3000 building products until it was banned in 2004. It is still present in one in three Australian homes today. When asbestos is disturbed, asbestos fibres can be inhaled, which can cause life-threatening diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

Be aware and prepare

Around 4000 Australians die every year from asbestos related diseases.

Unsafe work practices when working with asbestos put workers and anyone else who may come into contact with it at risk .

On successful completion of this course, attendees should be able to:
* Recognise the risk and serious long-term impacts of asbestos exposure
* Recognise the roles, responsibilities, and legislation for asbestos related work
* Determine if asbestos containing material may be present
* Identify asbestos containing materials and hazardous activities that lead to asbestos exposure
* Identify suitable control measures for asbestos and asbestos containing materials ACM
* Safely handle asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM), and
* Inspect worksites and communicate asbestos risks and asbestos controls with an informed perspective.

The content of this course may contain information about the regulation and enforcement of work health and safety in NSW. It may include some of your obligations under some of the legislation that SafeWork NSW administers. This course may not meet regulatory requirements of your state or territory. To ensure you comply with your legal obligations you must refer to the appropriate legislation in your state or territory for compliance requirements. This course does not represent a comprehensive statement of the law as it applies to particular problems or to individuals or as a substitute for legal advice. You should seek independent legal advice if you need assistance on the application of the law to your situation.


Duration: 2.5 hours
Delivery: Online (self-paced)
Access period: 6 months access from the day of enrolment

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