What type of training do you require?

It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with asbestos awareness training. If they will intentionally work on asbestos they must have had appropriate training specific to the tasks they will undertake.

If you have no intention of removing asbestos but work on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, asbestos could be present. You will need awareness training so you know how to avoid the risks.

Asbestos awareness training should be given to employees whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building and expose them to asbestos or who supervise or influence the work.

In particular, it should be given to those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that ACMs may become exposed during their work.

The duty to manage asbestos is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.

The revised ACOP L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’ contains updated information about the requirements to manage asbestos under regulation 4 of CAR 2012. The information was previously available in the ACOP L127 ‘The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises’ which has now been withdrawn.

The Duty to Manage – Appointed Person course is for those responsible for asbestos containing materials in buildings as defined within the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR), HSG 264 – Asbestos: The Survey Guide (HSG264) and HSG 227 – A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Asbestos (HSG227).

The ACOP L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’ contains information about the requirements to manage asbestos under regulation 4 of CAR 2012.

Asbestos in soils awareness training is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be given to all people employed on projects to redevelop brownfield sites and or sites that have previously been occupied by industrial buildings that have been demolished, where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the soils and ground on site and may expose them to ACMs that may be present within the soils on site.

This course will provide an awareness of and develop knowledge amongst employees regarding the hazards and risks posed by soils and surrounding ground on sites that may contain ACMs. The course further gives an overview of the legislative measures and guidance available to safeguard employees.

Persons requiring this type of training would include those whose work will knowingly disturb low risk asbestos containing materials, such as maintenance workers and their supervisors;and those who carry out asbestos sampling and analysis.

In addition to the Asbestos Awareness, those employees whose work will knowingly disturb ACMs, and which is defined as non-licensable work or NNLW, should receive additional task-specific information, instruction and training.

This type of training is required for those holding a HSE Licence for carrying out work with or removing asbestos containing materials that are relatively high risk such as laggings, sprayed coatings and insulating board. This training is required for Operatives, Supervisors and Managers.

In addition to the Asbestos Awareness, those employees carrying out work defined as ‘licensable work’ should receive additional task-specific information, instruction and training.

This course is for employers, supervisors, health & safety representatives and elected company representatives who are responsible for the selection, use, maintenance and the record keeping for employees RPE.

Individuals that are responsible for the above areas should have appropriate experience within the area of work which they are responsible for the employees overall safety.

Anybody selecting, using or maintaining RPE should be competent. You should be able to demonstrate this by reference to records of appropriate training.

This course is for ‘Supervisors, Managers and CDM Duty Holders’ engaged in work on sites that have been identified as potentially having asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within the soil on site in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).

This course will assist delegates to meet their legal obligations by providing them with an explanation of the properties of asbestos and its effects on the health of individuals, the types, uses and the visible manifestation of asbestos in soils and the understanding and interpreting soil reports. The course will also highlight the general procedures that need to be followed in the event of an emergency and how to avoid the risks from ACMs in soil.

Why choose a UKATA Training Provider?

  • Standard core syllabi for Asbestos Awareness, Non-Licensed Works Including NNLW and Licensed Works
  • Presentation materials, exam papers, course handouts and trainers narrative are assessed against our core syllabi by a UKATA competent independent Verifier.
  • CPD – UKATA is a member of The CPD Certification Service and all UKATA syllabi have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

Tutors are subject to a Tutor Knowledge test via the UKATA Online Tutor Registration “OTR” system. The Tutor Knowledge Test assesses key knowledge in the form of an online exam.

There is also in place a minimum criterion for Tutors:

Asbestos Awareness Trainers should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working within the asbestos industry; this will be taken to include, Surveying, Analytical, Removal, Consultancy, Training, Management etc. or a health and safety background (minimum of 3 years) with a formal asbestos qualification eg:

  • BOHS P402 or P405 or P406;
  • UKATA New Manager course;
  • other such qualification that UKATA deems to be acceptable (this will be determined by the Executive Committee on a case by case basis)

Licensable & Non-Licensable Trainers should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working within the asbestos industry (as per Asbestos Awareness Trainer requirements) and must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive practical working knowledge, within the asbestos industry and also its legislative requirements, relative to the courses or subjects within a course they are delivering.

Audits are conducted by UKATA competent independent Auditors in order to demonstrate compliance with the training requirements outlined in UKATA Syllabi for each specific level of training, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and any subsequent amendments and any other guidance pertaining to asbestos training issued by the enforcing authorities such as the HSE. The areas of audit shall cover the following aspects and be relevant to the courses being delivered:

  • Course purpose
  • Course Objectives
  • Duration
  • Delegate Ratio
  • Audience
  • Learning Objectives
  • Course syllabus
  • Assessment

Trainers on all courses should be able to deliver the training in a professional, sympathetic and proactive manner, encouraging questions from delegates.

Presentation skills are assessed with a focus on:

  • Interaction with delegates
  • Method of information delivery
  • Audio visual material
  • Overall control of the session

Training centres are audited to ensure the facilities comply with the ‘UKATA Minimum Standards for Training Centres’ particularly focusing on the key areas below:

  • Physical layout
  • Presentation equipment
  • Health & Safety
  • Welfare facilities
  • Reference materials

All Tutors are required to input their CPD online and must achieve a minimum of 10 CPD points each year or a minimum of 30 CPD points within 3 years. Each Tutor’s CPD cycle commences upon successfully passing the Tutor Knowledge Test.

All UKATA Training Providers produce training certificates via the UKATA Certificate Generator, providing a unique certificate number.

All certificates can be validated using the online validation tool or by contacting the UKATA office on 01246 824437.

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