Asbestos in Soils Awareness

Candidates will be made aware of the properties of asbestos and safe handling of contaminated soil including fly-tipped waste. This will help candidates to protect themselves from the risk of exposure and show the delegates how to comply with the health and safety rules of the asbestos legislation.


Ensure your team is appropriately trained on asbestos awareness in soil with our comprehensive course at NATAS. We are the National Asbestos Training Accreditation Scheme, offering both online and in-person training courses for individuals, teams and businesses to ensure the most appropriate standards and procedures are followed regarding asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Find out more about our awareness training for asbestos in soils here. 

Why is there Asbestos in Soil?

In the past, a high volume of asbestos-containing materials have been used in construction, which was fully banned in the UK in 1999. Since then, a lot of ACMs have been residing in buildings that have since been demolished. But how does the asbestos end up in soil? 

This is a result of poorly managed clean up and asbestos removal work. As buildings containing asbestos are demolished, the ACMs are broken down with them. As the materials are broken up, fragments may settle in the ground and soil below, eventually becoming deeply embedded. This also leaves potential for the further spread of asbestos or transportation of the fibres to other sites. 

There is also potential for historically buried asbestos to become unearthed during modern construction and rebuilding. 

How Much Asbestos is Allowed in Soil?

Asbestos in any quantity can be dangerous, especially for those working directly with ACMs. However, if even 0.1% of asbestos is detected in the soil, it is considered hazardous waste. Our asbestos in soil awareness course can train and advise delegates on working with asbestos containing soils, including identification, safe handling and suitable control measures.

The Dangers of Asbestos in Soil 

The risks of asbestos exposure are dangerous, and it has been named an invisible killer. But it is actually even more dangerous when found in soil. Typically, the ACMs have been broken down, and it is the fibres that are loose in the soil, which anyone with asbestos knowledge will know poses the risk of inhalation. 

You can learn more about the dangers of asbestos in our online guide. However delegates will be taught an in-depth knowledge of the risks of asbestos in soil in the training course. 


Candidates will be made aware of the properties of asbestos and safe handling of contaminated soil, including fly-tipped waste. This will help candidates to protect themselves from the risk of exposure and show the delegates how to comply with the health and safety rules of the asbestos legislation.

This training is available at your premises or as a virtual training taken via a Zoom Webinar.

Suitability – Who should attend?:

This course is suitable for anyone who may work with land and soil as a part of their usual daily work practices. This could include land developers, grounds maintenance, landscapers, local authority staff, construction companies, asbestos consultants and managers.

The course aims to protect those who may come into contact with asbestos-containing soil so they understand how to work with such substances safely. 

Pre Course Requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for this course. This means learners of all experience levels can attend the course, and it is also a great opportunity for a refresher training session.


Typically, the course duration takes between three and four hours to complete. However, we recommend setting aside one full day for comprehensive training and understanding.


Upon successfully completing the course, delegated will obtain an Asbestos Awareness Certificate accredited by IATP. This certificate is valid for one year from the date of completion, at which point the course should be refreshed in order to ensure up to date training and regulations are followed.


Please fill out an enquiry form for a quote. Our team will be happy to discuss prices for the course for individuals, full teams and online or in-person learning. 

More Asbestos Related Training & Courses

Book asbestos in soil awareness training today, and get in touch with our team for more advice on course contents and delegate suitability. Our expert team will be happy to answer any questions you may have on the course and its content, as well as offer further advice. 

Learn more about our asbestos training courses available, including our popular asbestos awareness course and duty to manage asbestos training. 

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Who are Natas?

NATAS was first established in 1996 as the National Asbestos Training & Accreditation Scheme. It was the first 100% dedicated asbestos training provider in the UK and the first independent asbestos training provider to be recognised by HSE. Since then NATAS has trained tens of thousands of people in all aspects of asbestos from awareness through to asbestos removal and maintenance, asbestos surveying, material analysis, air testing and consultancy.

NATAS remains the UK's longest established independent asbestos training provider and to this day maintains itself as a highly respected training provider in the UK and worldwide.

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