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Asbestos Awareness for General Industry  
Certificate Course

This online course introduces general industry workers, supervisors and employers to the dangers of asbestos-related hazards in the workplace. The one-hour course is designed for anyone who may encounter asbestos during active work on a general industry jobsite.

This awareness-level training explains the health risks associated with asbestos exposure and how workers can maintain a safe work environment by limiting or eliminating asbestos exposure risks.

Asbestos Awareness for General Industry provides details on OSHA and EPA regulations for workplace asbestos exposure, including OSHA’s general industry standard for asbestos (29 CFR 1910.1001). The course also explains permissible exposure limits and recommended safety risk controls.

Complete Your OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training Online

Benefits of our Asbestos Awareness for General Industry course include:

  • Complete your training 100% online
  • Log on and off as needed – Train at your own pace!
  • Provides 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Email the course trainer with any course-related questions
  • 180 days to complete the course and final exam

Once you have completed the course, you will take a final exam on the core topics. When you have successfully passed the test, you can instantly download your Certificate of Completion. The Asbestos Awareness for General Industry course takes approximately one hour to complete.

OSHA Education Center is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

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About Asbestos Awareness for General Industry

The Asbestos Awareness course contains three learning modules. Throughout your training, you will learn about the dangers of workplace asbestos exposure and how to avoid potential health risks.

Each module ends with a five-question quiz. You must score at least 80% on each quiz to advance to the next section. You will have an unlimited number of attempts to pass the quizzes.

Once you complete the course, you will be prompted to take a 20-question final exam on the course material. If you do not pass the final exam on the first attempt, you can retake it until you get a passing score of 70% or higher.

When you have completed the course and passed the final exam, your Certificate of Completion will be available for instant download.

Who Should Take Asbestos Awareness for General Industry?

This course is designed for general industry employees who may be exposed to asbestos on the job, including:

  • Workers
  • Supervisors
  • Employers

This course is not applicable to those seeking site-specific training or the EPA’s Model Accreditation Plan training for asbestos workers. Construction workers and employers can complete Asbestos Awareness for Construction to learn about industry-specific asbestos hazards.

Learning Objectives for the Asbestos Awareness Course

The primary goal of this course is to provide important safety information on avoiding asbestos exposure on the job. The course explains the health hazards related to asbestos and how you can prevent and limit harmful exposures.

After this course, you should be able to:

  • List scenarios in which asbestos may be present at the worksite
  • State the health risks associated with asbestos exposure
  • Describe OSHA and EPA standards that regulate asbestos use and exposure
  • Name safety precautions that workers can take to reduce or eliminate asbestos exposure

Asbestos Awareness for General Industry Course Outline

The Asbestos Awareness online training is divided into three learning modules. You can find a full outline of each module below.

Module 1: Asbestos Basics

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • What Is Asbestos?
  • The History of Asbestos Use
  • Health Risks
  • Who Is at Risk?

Learning objectives include:

  • Define asbestos as it relates to general industry
  • List potential uses for asbestos
  • Name health risks associated with asbestos exposure

Module 2: Standards for Asbestos Exposure

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Responsibilities of Employers
  • Responsibilities of Building/Facility Owners
  • EPA Standards
  • Testing and Monitoring Requirements

Learning objectives include:

  • List employers’ responsibilities for limiting asbestos exposure
  • List building or facility owners’ responsibilities for limiting asbestos exposure
  • State the EPA’s role in regulating asbestos as a pollutant

Module 3: Preventing Asbestos Exposure

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Hierarchy of Asbestos Risk Controls
  • Definition and Types of Risk Controls
  • PPE Controls Beyond Required OSHA Standards

Learning objectives include:

  • Define each type of control in the hierarchy of risk controls
  • Select controls that can be used to limit or prevent asbestos exposure
  • Relate asbestos risk controls to workplace safety

Additional Links and Resources

For more information about asbestos and its associated health hazards, consult these additional resources from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: