Asbestos Awareness Training & Certification

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WorkSafeBC Authorized Asbestos Abatement Training

In the workplace, asbestos awareness is a life saving skill to have due to the significant health risks associated with exposure to this hazardous material.

Health risks associated with Asbestos

Prior to 1990, asbestos was widely used in construction materials that insulate buildings and homes. Medical science since has identified that asbestos pose severe health threats when its fibres are released into the air and inhaled or ingested. Asbestos is known to cause lung cancer, asbestosis lung scarring, mesothelioma, and other diseases.

Where Asbestos can be found in Work Environments?

Since 1985 Canadian builders have stopped using asbestos in construction, however, workers are still subject to exposure as asbestos can still be found in older buildings such as ceilings, walls, flooring, roofing shingles and felt, putty, drywall, caulking, sealants, spackling, industrial furnaces, heating systems, and insulation.

How can workers be exposed to Asbestos?

Asbestos fibres can be easily inhaled and/or ingested from building materials from renovation and demolition work of old buildings. Exposure can come from activities like drilling, sawing, scraping, breaking, and disturbing of construction materials used in old buildings.

How can I protect my workers?

Protect your workforce with WorkSafeBC authorized asbestos and abatement training provided by the Northwest Skills Institute. Your workers will gain knowledge to understand the severe risks and taking necessary precautions to protect themselves from the harmful effects of asbestos and ensuring a safer working environment for all.

Workers are recommended to start with LEVEL 1: Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 1 - Foundational Training and extend their training with LEVEL 2: Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 1 - Extended Awareness.

The Northwest Skills Institute is a
WorkSafeBC Authorized Asbestos Abatement Training Provider.

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LEVEL 1: Foundational Training

Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 1
The Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 1 is an 8-hour online course designed to help students gain the knowledge about asbestos, its potential health risks, and safe practices for identifying and handling asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).

The course aims to raise awareness among individuals who may encounter asbestos in their work or living environments, empowering them to take necessary precautions to prevent asbestos exposure and protect their health and the health of others.

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LEVEL 2: Extended Awareness

Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 2
The Asbestos Awareness & Abatement Level 2 is an 8-hour plus 2-3 hr in person skills assessment hybrid course designed to help students gain valuable specialized training for individuals involved in asbestos abatement activities with moderate-risk scenarios.

The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and carry out asbestos abatement tasks safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of asbestos exposure to workers and the public.

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The Northwest Skills Institute is an industry focused training organization.

Our programs are geared specifically for industry, making students more qualified and READY FOR WORK.

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