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Hazardous Materials and Asbestos Awareness2018-04-26T07:53:41+00:00

Hazardous Materials and Asbestos Awareness


This course is accredited through ATL Mobility cc, TETA09-123,
Unit Standard ID: 115223. NQF level: 5; Credits: 8

Course Aim:

Hazardous Materials

This is an Awareness Course and is aimed at the First Responder who needs to know how to identify a spill and take the initial precautionary measures. A competent learner will not be a qualified Hazmat Operator or Technician but will be able to identify the presence of hazardous – hydrocarbon – petroleum – chemical-base material incident (spill) and take the relevant precautionary measures to protect him/her, the public, property and the environment on an awareness level


This is an Awareness Course and is aimed at the worker who needs to know how to identify asbestos and take the initial precautionary measures. A competent learner is not a qualified personnel or worker as the work methodology and procedures need to be approved by the Department of Labour and monitored by an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA). The learner or worker will be able to identify the presence of the hazard – asbestos materials and take the relevant precautionary measures to protect him/her, the public, property and the environment on anawareness level. This type of course and a medical are required prior to the worker engaging in asbestos abatement removal and clean up. Once your workers are trained your business can apply to Department of Labour (DOL) to become an accredited Asbestos Contractor, should you wish to do so.

Update on Department of Labour (DOL) re asbestos removal

Up until recently asbestos roof removal and removal of gutters and side sheets did not require Asbestos awareness training, only the removal of raw asbestos, lagging, asbestos insulation and asbestos rope required a contractor to be a Registered Asbestos Contractor. The Department of Labour have now stated that all asbestos work, roof removal etc needs to have workers trained in Asbestos Awareness.

Course Outcomes:

Learners who attend this course will understand:

  • The Occupational Health & Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993 and Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances.
  • The National Road Transport Act 74 of 1977, re dangerous goods transportation.
  • The Basic Philosophy of Accident Prevention and the 3 basic causes of accidents.
  • What hazardous materials are and how to safely control and manage hazardous materials.
  • The 9 classes of hazardous materials. They will be able to recognise and identify the presence of hazardous materials.
  • The potential effects of hazardous materials on the environment and health.
  • The Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.s) for First Responders on an awareness level.
  • How to identify hazardous materials by applying knowledge gained through MSDS’s, ERG, Placards act.
  • Basic principles of:
    • Industry recognised hand signals
    • Basic first aid as a first responder
    • Basic fire extinguisher use
  • How to clean-up small spills – during practical session.
  • Identifying the different types of asbestos and the sources of potential asbestos exposure.
  • Understanding the potential health hazards of asbestos
  • Understand what type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required.
  • Applying effective control of asbestos dust at its source.
  • Identifying when asbestos air monitoring is required.
  • Carrying out the procedures for collecting air samples of asbestos dust.
  • Understanding the basic control measures applicable to asbestos work including asbestos air monitoring and medical surveillance.
  • Understanding the application and approval process re Department of Labour prior to work commencing.
  • Understanding the role of the Approved Inspection Authority (AIA)
  • Understand the transport, waste and disposal legislation of asbestos
  • Understand the responsibilities of Employer and Employee

Course design:

This is a full 1 day course covering a theoretical training session and a practical session. The practical training will include a mock spill where students will be required to follow company emergency spill procedure and clean up. Should you require assessment for the learners an additional 1 day will be necessary.
The training will be personalised to your site and standard operating procedures

The course is designed to include or exclude Asbestos Awareness.


1. Assessment is done by observation, oral and written questioning during group sessions.
2. The Leaner will complete a P.O.E. (Portfolio of Evidence) which will be submitted, assessed and internally moderated before a competency certificate is issued.

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