Asbestos Awareness Online Training

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Asbestos Awareness Training Online, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 60 – 90 min.

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.


What’s in the Asbestos Awareness Training?

Our Asbestos Awareness Safety Training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on exposure and diseases, identification, safe work practices, PPE, and more. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 60 – 90 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1910.1001 – Asbestos in General industry
  • 29 CFR 1926.1101 – Asbestos in Construction



Why Take Our Asbestos Awareness Training Online Course?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Asbestos Awareness Training Online Course?

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.



OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training

The basics of asbestos exposure and associated health consequences are covered in asbestos awareness training. People who come into contact with asbestos are taught how to protect themselves by recognizing when they are in danger. Long-term asbestos exposure raises the likelihood of diseases, but short-term asbestos exposure carries only a minimal health risk.

OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training

Asbestos is hazardous due to its microscopically thin fibers. These fibers are so small they can penetrate the lungs of a person. Asbestos also causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other serious illnesses. Asbestos Awareness training is, as the name implies, training on the fundamentals of asbestos exposure and its health risks. Awareness training teaches anyone who may come into contact with asbestos how to protect themselves by knowing when they are in danger.

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States mandate Asbestos Awareness training. We will go more into detail later in this article. Note: this training does not qualify you to get rid of asbestos hazards; that requires a totally different training. A greater level of education and certification is required for professionals who work to repair, remove, or encapsulate asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).

Here are some concerning statics when it comes to asbestos:

  • Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of work-related deaths worldwide.
  • Each year, over 90,000 people worldwide die as a result of asbestos-related diseases.
  • An estimated 125 million people globally are still in danger of occupational asbestos exposure.
  • Today, over 1.3 million construction and general industry workers in the United States are at risk of exposure.

Occupational Safety

Asbestos refers to a class of naturally occurring mineral fibers that have resilience to fire and chemicals and have been used extensively in a variety of goods. Sadly, asbestos is also to blame for the annual death of 39,000 Americans. That’s because prolonged asbestos exposure causes a number of fatal diseases. Despite its value to the industry, asbestos later gained a reputation for being a health risk. Asbestos refers to six fibrous minerals that exist naturally all over the world.

  • Chrysotile
  • Tremolite
  • Crocidolite
  • Amosite
  • Actinolite
  • Anthophyllite

Chrysotile asbestos is the most often used kind of asbestos. It accounts for nearly 95 percent of all asbestos used globally.

Although asbestos is fire and chemical resistant, it degrades quickly when handled by people. When floor tiles, shingles, or any other asbestos-containing product is struck, chopped, or drilled, asbestos fibers are released into the air and can be inhaled. Additionally, drinking water from pipes made of asbestos cement increases the chance of ingesting asbestos fibers.

Short-term exposure to asbestos carries a minor health risk while long-term exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing diseases like:

  • Mesothelioma – The mesothelioma diagnosis rate is around 3,000 every year. Mesothelioma is a kind of cancer that primarily results from asbestos exposure and affects the lining of the abdominal cavity and lungs. Chest or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, a dry, hacking cough, a fever or night sweats, muscle weakness, and exhaustion are all signs of mesothelioma.
  • Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that results in lung tissue damage and breathlessness. Long-term asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing asbestosis. Symptoms include chest pain or tightness, trouble swallowing, crackling breathing, high blood pressure, clubbing of the fingers and toes, and clubbing of the fingers and toes. Patients with asbestosis are more likely to develop mesothelioma.
  • Lung cancer – Lung cancer develops within the organ itself, whereas mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs. The most frequent causes of lung cancer include smoking and other environmental variables; however, asbestos exposure is also a cause. The risk of lung cancer is higher in smokers who have a history of asbestos exposure.
  • Ovarian Cancer – Studies that examine ovarian cancer cases involving consumers of cosmetic talc products have established a connection between the condition and asbestos exposure.

Training Requirements

You may be wondering, who needs Asbestos Awareness training? OSHA requires Asbestos Awareness training for anybody who could be exposed to asbestos-containing dust. Examples include:

  • Older structures that are being repaired, renovated, or demolished by construction personnel.
  • Maintenance and janitorial employees who interact with ACMs (or PACMs, potential ACMs)
  • Plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians

Health and Safety Hazards

The fire- and chemical-resistant properties of asbestos have made them quite popular for use in more than 5,000 products. At one point or another, the following products had asbestos content:

  • Brake linings
  • Brake pads
  • Popcorn ceiling
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Shingles
  • Wall panels
  • Pipes
  • Ducts
  • Electrical breakers and panels
  • Fire blankets and curtains
  • Gaskets
  • Furnace insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring
  • Beverage filters
  • Caulking and putties
  • Soundproofing
  • Slow cooker
  • Paint
  • Hair dryers
  • Cigarette filters
  • Fertilizer

If you breathe in asbestos fibers of any kind, you could get sick. For those who work in environments exposed to asbestos, this is a serious concern. As previously mentioned, breathing asbestos fibers can increase your risk of developing lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other dangerous illnesses. Exposure to asbestos may also raise your risk of developing digestive system cancers, such as colon cancer.​​

The presence of asbestos in the air or of damage to your lungs cannot always be detected. You won’t sneeze or cough when around asbestos. It won’t irritate your skin or throat. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or unsafely removed, this releases asbestos fibers into the air. These fibers are too small to be felt, tasted, or seen.

Asbestos enters the environment when it is released into the air. If you enter these environments, you may be exposed to asbestos. Many factors influence whether or not asbestos exposure causes negative health effects. These elements are as follows:

  • Dose
  • Duration
  • How you are exposed (through breathing, eating, or drinking)
  • Other chemicals to which you are exposed

Individual qualities may also have an impact, such as:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Nutritional situation
  • Familial characteristics
  • Lifestyle
  • General health status

Asbestos Exposure Risks

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos-containing products are those that have an asbestos mineral content of more than 1%. Your risk of developing an asbestos disease increases with your exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is the only asbestos-related disease that differs. Mesothelioma can be caused by asbestos exposure in very small doses. The dust that asbestos workers brought home on their clothing has caused mesothelioma in the relatives of those workers.

The diseases caused by asbestos all have a latency period. The latency period is the interval between when you inhale asbestos and when you first experience symptoms of illness. For asbestos-related diseases, the latency period ranges from 10 to 40 years. During the latency period, you won’t feel ill. After the latency period, you will start to feel sick.

There are certain people who are not affected by asbestos-related diseases. The chance of developing an asbestos disease is higher for everybody who has been exposed to asbestos. Treatment for asbestos diseases is challenging. Most illnesses are incurable. The majority of diseases caused by asbestos may only be prevented. Because of this, it’s crucial to prevent asbestos fibers from ever entering your lungs.

Asbestos Exposure

A chest x-ray is the most common test used to determine whether asbestos exposure has occurred. Although an x-ray cannot see asbestos fibers, it can see early symptoms of asbestos-related lung illness. If you work in any workplace that may be exposed to asbestos, other tests, including lung scanning and computer-aided tomography (CAT scan), are also helpful to detect abnormalities in the lungs.


The easiest way to avoid asbestosis is to limit your exposure to it. In the United States, federal law compels employers in businesses that use asbestos products, such as construction, to take extra precautions.

Many homes, schools, and other structures built before the 1970s include asbestos-containing materials such as pipes and floor tiles. As long as the asbestos is contained and undisturbed, there is no risk of exposure. When asbestos-containing materials are destroyed, asbestos fibers are discharged into the air and can be inhaled. Always have asbestos products inspected, repaired, or removed by asbestos professionals who are trained and accredited.

What Does OSHA Say About Asbestos Awareness Training?

OSHA requires Asbestos Awareness training for workers who have been exposed to asbestos fibers in amounts equal to or more than the permissible exposure limit (PEL).

The EPA requires asbestos training to be completed within 60 days of starting work, and OSHA requires Asbestos Awareness training to be completed before or on the day of a relevant assignment.

According to EPA regulations, school cleaning and maintenance staff members are required to complete some sort of training if they operate in a structure that includes ACMs (or materials that may contain ACMs). This is more stringent than OSHA, which bases its requirements on predicted exposure.

How Long Is Asbestos Awareness Training Valid?

OSHA mandates Asbestos Awareness training to be completed on an annual basis. Employers can perform it more frequently, and OSHA advises extra training if a worker shows a lack of awareness or competency on the subject. This guideline also requires companies to preserve employee training records for at least a year beyond the employee’s last date of employment.

Asbestos Awareness Training

When it comes to Asbestos Awareness training, you may wonder who is the most at risk? We are all at danger of asbestos exposure because of the widespread usage of asbestos in many structures and products. However, during the peak of asbestos use, some occupations pose a higher risk of exposure than others. They are as follows:

  • Raw asbestos miners
  • Renovators and demolition experts
  • Construction workers
  • Automobile mechanics
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Drywall installers
  • Firefighters
  • Pipefitters and plumbers
  • Railroad employees
  • Brickmasons
  • Boilermakers
  • Military service members

Secondary exposure is a risk for anyone who lives with an asbestos worker. Many asbestos workers’ family members were exposed in this way. Secondary exposure is especially likely when workers’ clothes are washed.

What Will You Learn From Asbestos Awareness Training?

In general, OSHA Asbestos Awareness training must include the following topics:

  • The health effects of asbestos exposure
  • The role of smoking and asbestos exposure in the development of lung cancer
  • Methods of detecting asbestos
  • Asbestos quantity, location, method of use, release, and storage
  • Specific conditions that may expose workers to asbestos
  • Controls and work procedures according to their job assignment
  • Specific precautions, such as acceptable work practices, emergency and cleanup procedures, and personal protective equipment (PPE), to safeguard people from exposure
  • The function, proper use, and limitations of respirators and protective equipment
  • OSHA’s mandatory medical monitoring program’s purpose and description
  • The relevant OSHA asbestos standard’s contents
  • Signage and labeling requirements, as well as the meaning of the relevant legends

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

11 reviews for Asbestos Awareness Online Training

  1. Louis L.

    Excellent coarse. No improving needed.

    • Hard Hat Training

      Hello Louis! Thanks for your review! We try to keep our trainings informative as well as interactive. We are glad to know that you have found this to be the case. Thank you again!

  2. Luis O.

    The course was clear and efficient. Seems to fit perfectly

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Luis! It means a lot to us that our materials have been good for you.

  3. Allan M

    It was an excellent course,

    • Hard Hat Training

      We appreciate your feedback, Allan. We’re glad that you found the material to be excellent, and we hope that you would pass that along to others who may need similar training.

  4. Steven F

    fine as it is

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks for your comments, Steven. We appreciate your affirmation.

  5. Trista R.

    very informative

  6. Leonard O.

    it was very informative and i learned so much from it that i think it would be helpful to others like me

    • Hard Hat Training

      Wow! What an incredible review, Leonard. Thank you so much! Please pass along the training to others. We would love to provide them with the same experience.

  7. Edy A.

    All is good.

  8. Smith

    Important information

  9. Tim Gelinas

    All good

  10. Sergiy Voytenko

    All good. I liked the training.

  11. Yolanda Jones

    very well done. koodoos.

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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