July 08 - July 15, 2024

Course Overview

This course aims to:

Enhance the student’s knowledge of occupational hygiene practice in relation to fibrous dusts. The module

concentrates on asbestos, but other fibres, e.g. Machine made mineral fibres, aramids, carbon etc., which

are increasingly finding uses in industry are also covered. Successful completion of this module 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module 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.

Course Format

Normally run as a 5 day taught course [minimum 45 hours including lectures, tutorials,

practical/demonstration sessions, guided reading, overnight questions and examination].

There will be a 40 short answer question “open book” examination with an allowed time of 120 minutes.

Course Content









Time Allocation

Asbestos and other Fibrous Materials

Health Hazards and Exposure Limits

Asbestos in Buildings and Conducting Surveys

Asbestos Remediation and Assessment Prior to Reoccupation

Air Sampling and Fibre Counting

Analysis of Bulk Samples







Note: Reference is made to standards and good practice documentation. This may not be the most up-to-date relevant publications and is intended as guidance for candidates only.