Asbestos Awareness for General Trades People and Responders


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  • AAWG-001
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Course Description

The aim of this training unit is to reduce the amount of harm caused to demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades who may be exposed to asbestos containing materials (ACMs) during the course of their employment.
The course is also relevant to any other workers that may in the course of their employment come into contact with any ACM.
This may include but is not limited to asbestos used in – roofing, cladding, flashings, guttering, downpipes, flues, lagging, fire protective coatings, electrical insulation, Insulation in ceilings and sewer pipes.
The training will provide you with the necessary level of knowledge to carry our non-licensed asbestos work (Bonded ACMs of Less than 10m 2 ) safely and how to avoid the risks of creating airborne asbestos containing dust.

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Since 1999 the number of asbestos-related deaths in New Zealand has significantly increased. Past exposure to asbestos contributes to work-related mortality from mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung), lung cancer and asbestosis (an asbestos-related respiratory disease). In order to reduce the incidence of harm caused those detailed in the target audience below.
This course outline provides an outline of the course content. Asbestos awareness training is required to be provided to employees whose work could foreseeable expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be delivered to all demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the fabric of the building that may contain Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). Any disturbance of this material is likely to result in dangerous asbestos fibres becoming airborne. Asbestos awareness training is not training to work with any forms of asbestos. However, it is likely to form the first part of any training for work with asbestos, but on its own it does not meet the legal requirements laid down in under the Worksafe Guidance for working with asbestos. There are further course offerings that cover working with asbestos.

This training is the first level of training for asbestos.
NZQA Registered standard 2138

To provide an awareness and develop the knowledge among employees as regards to the hazards and risks posed by ACMs. The course further provides an overview of the NZ legislative requirements in place for employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities.
The aim of this training unit is to reduce the amount of harm caused to demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades who may be exposed to asbestos containing materials (ACMs) during the course of their employment.
The course is also relevant to any other workers that may in the course of their employment come into contact with any ACM. This may include but is not limited to asbestos used in – roofing, cladding, flashings, guttering, downpipes, flues, lagging, fire protective coatings, electrical insulation, Insulation in ceilings and sewer pipes.
This course will assist employers in meeting their requirement for training by explain the properties of asbestos and its effects on the health of individuals, the types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant, the general procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency and how to avoid the risks from ACMs.

  • Course length: 3 – 4 hours (Instructor/Learner contact time)
  • Course delivery: Power point presentation, discussion and interaction
  • Examination: 15 Question multi-choice examination (80% pass mark)
  • Course Schedule: Quarterly or as requested