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Asbestos Foundational Awareness (Level 1) OCHS 1015

Occupational Health and Safety Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This course is designed for individuals involved in the transportation and disposal of asbestos-containing waste. This program equips participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely handle and transport asbestos materials, as well as dispose of asbestos-containing waste in compliance with regulations. ​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe asbestos and historical use of asbestos in building materials, industrial settings, and manufactured products
  • Describe the different types of asbestos-containing materials and associated hazards
  • Describe the abatement process and abatement work
  • Define asbestos-containing materials (ACMs)
  • Distinguish between friable and non-friable ACMs
  • Explain the purposes of hazardous material surveying and the sampling process
  • Explain the purpose of air monitoring for asbestos, when it is required, and where to find the results
  • List the primary routes of exposure to asbestos
  • Describe the health effects of asbestos exposure (e.g., asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer)
  • Describe acceptable workplace and personal hygiene practices
  • Explain the synergistic effects of asbestos exposure and other exposures (e.g., smoking)
  • Explain what exposure limits are
  • Explain the importance of health monitoring (e.g., pulmonary function test and/or annual chest x-rays)
  • Explain how and when to access the WorkSafeBC Exposure Registry Program
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of workers, supervisors, and employers under the Workers Compensation Act
  • Identify when external expertise is required
  • Identify sections of the OHS Regulation (Parts 6 and 20) that are associated with asbestos‑related work
  • Explain their right to know about hazards in the workplace, right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace, and right to refuse unsafe work
  • Explain the “as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA) principle
  • Explain distinctions between low-, moderate-, and high-risk work procedures
  • Explain the purpose of workplace orientations, including young and new worker orientation and training
  • Explain how to contact WorkSafeBC, if required
  • Discuss the purposes of exposure control plans, hazardous materials surveys, and safe work procedures
  • Identify requirements for licence to transport and identify requirements for transportation of dangerous goods (TGD)​

Effective as of Fall 2023

Related Programs

Asbestos Foundational Awareness (Level 1) (OCHS 1015) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Asbestos Awareness and Safety
    Microcredential Part-time


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