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The return of the Asbestos Challenge 2009 review

08 June 2009

Natas ran an asbestos challenge, which asked participants to identify from visual inspection whether a range of common building products contained asbestos.

The challenge was originally run in 2005 and only five percent of the 1,000 entrants answered correctly. NATAS decided to repeat the challenge at this years' Safety and Health Expo to see if visitors’ asbestos knowledge had improved. As a reward, participants received a free NATAS e-learning asbestos awareness course.

Company Director, Max Lopacki commented on the results of the challenge saying; “This years' challenge has produced slightly improved results to 2005, however we found that less people were willing to take part because they said they would be embarrassed by their results, despite being informed that individual results would be kept confidential. Whilst only 10% of entrants identified all materials correctly (5% in 2005), 38% of participants erred on the side of caution and stated that all of the sample materials in the challenge contained asbestos. This would indicate an increasing number of people who would rather presume that suspect materials did contain asbestos rather than presume materials do not contain asbestos and would then treat all suspect materials as asbestos pending further investigation”.

Asbestos Awareness e-learning Platform

Natas' e-learning platform launched in 2008, is aimed at those who may encounter asbestos during work activities or who work in buildings where asbestos is present providing a simple clear and easy to understand learning platform. The program is available in multi lingual options, and has been specifically developed to meet the requirements for asbestos awareness training prescribed with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

The course can be taken by individuals within Natas' Learning Management System (LMS) within which ongoing knowledge checks and an end of course assessment test is undertaken, or the course may be presented to groups with each individual participant undertaking their own end of course personal assessment test.

Features include:

·                       Easy to use and understand

·                       Designed to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006

·                       Learning at users own pace

·                       Individual, Multiple or Group user options

·                       Assessment based

·                       Track progress / performance

·                       Highly cost efficient

·                       Natas Certified training

·                       Online support from qualified trainers

·                       Maintains consistency in training delivery

·                       Multilingual options in virtually any language

·                       Disability user friendly (DDA)

·                       Client branding option for large users

·                       Option to include clients own policy information and instructions

·                       Delivered onNatas LearningManagement Systemor clients own LMS

·                       SCORM & AICC compliant

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