asbestos awareness

This is a general awareness program aimed at persons who require a generic overview.  This also includes references of where to find more in-depth information and WorkCover NSW publications.

Australian Government, State and Territory occupational health and safety legislation requires persons in control of premises to consult with health and safety representatives and other workers at the workplace on occupational health and safety issues.  This legislation makes it mandatory for organisations to minimise and control the risks employees might encounter as a result of possible asbestos exposure. Information and training must be provided to workers, contractors and others who may come into contact with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in a workplace, either directly or indirectly.


Course Attendees

At Forktalk we have over 60 years of combined experience in training.

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Professional trainers who will support you every step of the way

Our commitment to help you achieve your licence, even if you need extra time

Industry experience, we can tell you exactly what to expect

Purpose created text books to make it easier for you

Course Overview

Asbestos is a toxic substance that has been used in hundreds of products to be found both at home and in the workplace. Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma – a rare cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart – and other diseases.  People who work in the trades, services and maintenance sector are particularly likely to encounter asbestos regularly. It’s important to know how to handle it safely to avoid health risks.

Health surveillance is an important part of monitoring exposure to hazardous substances, including asbestos to ensure the health and safety of people in workplaces.  The main purpose of monitoring is to ensure that control measures are effective and to provide an opportunity to reinforce specific preventative measures and safe work practices.

The need for health surveillance should be determined by an assessment of potential for exposure to asbestos in accordance with the requirements of the WHS Regulation 2017.

Course Content

  • Definitions of asbestos
  • What is asbestos?
  • Types of asbestos
  • A brief history
  • Where asbestos materials are found
  • Health aspects of exposure to asbestos
  • Health surveillance
  • Responsibilities
  • Asbestos management plan
  • Identification of ACM
  • Risk assessment
  • Control
  • Monitoring
  • Planning removal of ACM

A Certificate of Attendance and our photo *Skills Card is issued to each successful participant.

* A Skills Card will only be issued if suitable photos of participants are provided.

(Allowing extra time on the day, photos may be taken by the Trainer.)


Course Duration

Approximately 4 hours

Course Organiser

For you this means:

Our aim is to meet your training needs, fit in with your budget and ensure the best results possible.

Training is available on-site for groups of 8 to 15 people

Your staff will receive material unique to Safetalk that has been developed and honed for quick understanding by attendees – from all walks of life.

Qualified, highly skilled trainers and assessors to achieve the best out of attendees.

Peace of mind knowing that you are complying with WHS legislation and the implementation of safer work practices and procedures

Call us today to see how we can support your training needs and to provide you with a corporate deal

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