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W504 Asbestos and Other Fibres


Asbestos and Other Fibres is a 5-day taught programme including student assessment. The course is highly interactive including practical exercises, case studies and workshops.

It isĀ an optional module for the International Occupational Hygiene Certificate and students will receive an Award of Successful Course Completion


The course concentrates on asbestos, but other fibres which are increasingly finding uses in industry are also covered, eg. machine made mineral fibres, aramids, carbon etc. Completion of the course will benefit those working in asbestos consultancy as well as in mainstream occupational hygiene, giving an understanding of the health risks associated with asbestos and other fibres as well as the means of evaluation and control.

On successful completion, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the composition, nature and properties of asbestos, machine made mineral and other fibres and their historical uses
  • Describe the health effects of asbestos and other fibrous materials and apply appropriate exposure limits;
  • Describe the uses of asbestos in buildings and the public health risk that these may pose
  • Understand the principles of and requirements for asbestos surveys including taking samples and identifying bulk asbestos types by microscopic techniques including relevant safety requirements
  • Be thoroughly familiar with current good practice in the construction and use of enclosures for asbestos remediation and the use of decontamination units.
  • Understand all the principles of clearance testing, the requirements for measurement and appropriate techniques for post remediation evaluation;
  • Conduct air sampling to determine airborne concentrations of asbestos or other fibres in accordance with defined procedures including microscopic counting techniques
  • Have the ability to advise on all the various techniques for the management of asbestos in buildings in accordance with good practice

Training info

Status: This event is approved by OHTA for the international qualifications scheme
Approved by OHTA
Category: Fibres
Level: Intermediate
Training provider: Gully Howard Technical Limited


Location Portsmouth
Starts 19 Oct 2020 09:00
Ends 23 Oct 2020 12:00
Course leader Paul Humphrey/Phil Johns
Places 15
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