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Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, who has also contributed to numerous national business titles including Utility Week, the Municipal Journal, Environment Journal and consumer titles such as Classic Rock.
October 4, 2018

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New virtual reality system launched for asbestos training

Airborne Environmental Consultants (AEC) has launched a new immersive training experience, which enables people to ‘virtually’ step into a house full of mock asbestos installations and Legionella hazards.

The ‘Hazard House’ is based at AEC’s Manchester training centre and allows people to interact with 180 different scenarios.

The delegates can use Oculus headsets either individually, or as a group, to explore different types of asbestos and Legionella hazards, in different locations around the house.

Rather than just looking at photos of asbestos in buildings, delegates have 360 degrees view of each learning space, giving them the confidence to be able to identify real life hazards in the workplace.

“We pride ourselves on giving our training delegates a comprehensive, interactive learning experience,” said Head of AEC’s Training Services, Bob Harris.

“Virtual reality software provides us with the ability to address different learning styles. Students have different approaches to how they process information, and we want to increase their academic confidence by offering creative ways of learning.”

SHP Online recently visited a 360-degree virtual reality room, which has been built by developers Lendlease for its Elephant Park project in Southwark.

The VRoom allows people to walk, drive or even fly around detailed 3D models for the massive central London regeneration project.

AEC’s Commercial Director, Debbie Clare, added: “AEC’s ethos is to not only train people to pass exams, but to prepare delegates for the real world with practical training in realistic environments. Customers who have trialled the new technology have expressed that they are more confident identifying hazards in the workplace after seeing mock hazard’s in situ.”

For more information on the AEC training system visit

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