Prior to 2008 the HSE held a list of Asbestos Training Providers known as the ATPWG (Asbestos Training Providers’ Working Group). The need to raise standards of training within the asbestos industry was widely acknowledged and the formation of a trade association was suggested, which is how and why UKATA began. The inaugural meeting of UKATA was held in September, 2007 with 41 of the 50 training providers on the ATPWG list agreeing to join. In January 2008 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) passed the responsibility for managing the list of training providers for licensed asbestos work to UKATA.
UKATA’s remit was to set standards, audit and manage the list of asbestos training providers, going forward. In future, if training had not been provided by a UKATA member, enforcing officers may ask asbestos license holders to demonstrate how Chapter 4 of the Licensed Contractors’ Guide had been complied with. Previously, HSE had provided a list of known asbestos training providers as a service to individuals looking for asbestos training. HSE did not approve any training provider’s status and merely directed enquirers to the training providers list. In January 2008 HSE formally tasked UKATA, as the single organisation to monitor training standards amongst its members.
UKATA began trading in January 2008 and accepted applications from Licensed, Non Licensed and Asbestos Awareness Training Providers.
The inaugural Chairman, Peter Robinson said at the time;
“We will build on the work that HSE started with the list of asbestos training providers. Initially, I see the role of UKATA being to undertake a thorough audit of all members and raise the profile of the association to key stakeholders. Ultimately, this association will provide the benchmark of standards that asbestos training providers will have to achieve and maintain…I want to include competent training providers in these areas into the association as early as possible so that the whole issue of sub-standard asbestos training is tackled.”
“UKATA was created by those in the industry who had the vision and belief that it is possible to improve and maintain higher standards for asbestos training through a monitoring system.
UKATA is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are members of the organisation in their own right. The Directors work tirelessly towards the common goal of continually looking at ways to raise standards of asbestos training whilst supporting the current membership in maintaining the standards already set by UKATA. All of this achieved by working in accordance with UKATA Articles of Association and abiding by the Rules of Membership”
The introduction of the certificate generator has been a significant milestone in UKATA’s development. It is now possible to maintain accurate records of individuals carrying out UKATA training, statistics which until now have been impossible to calculate. Year on year UKATA is able to prove increased success in raising the awareness for asbestos training by monitoring the level of courses attended. These are statistics which were simply not available before UKATA!
The certificate generator has of course brought much needed income into the Association allowing growth and development to move at a phenomenal rate. As a direct result of this UKATA was able to achieve a ‘first’ by attending the prestigious Safety & Health Expo in 2014. Although not directly quantifiable we believe that this in some way has had an indirect influence on our increased membership and training courses carried out.
UKATA will once again be attending the Safety & Health Expo 2017 where it is expected to attract a record number of Corporate, Associate and Affiliate members.
Professional members have openly admitted that it has been much more difficult to gain UKATA registration than they ever anticipated. Indeed we have many potential members who do not meet the criteria which negates their application at the first stage.
Throughout the past 8 years, UKATA has established a robust process of verifying the competency of Tutors. Members are the foundation of UKATA, with Tutors being the cornerstone. Both CPD and competency will promote confidence amongst the wider industry that UKATA training providers are obliged to fulfil such criteria to help maintain their integrity within the field of asbestos training.
“UKATA sets standards in asbestos training and ensures that its members meet those standards. Legislation is continually monitored and the Rules of Membership reviewed frequently in order to maintain the recognised UKATA standard of excellence.
It is legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with asbestos awareness training. Furthermore, if they intentionally work on asbestos they must have had appropriate training specific to the tasks they will undertake.
Any organisation that allows builders or maintenance personnel onto their premises should ensure that they have evidence of asbestos awareness training as a minimum. UKATA provides a quality standard for that training.
When asbestos is to be worked upon deliberately, using a UKATA member to provide that training ensures that the training provider has the facilities, knowledge and experience to properly undertake that training”.
“Taking asbestos training to the heart of industry”
- To maintain the prominent acclaim established within the asbestos industry and wider community.
- As the asbestos industry’s most eminent training association, continue to uphold its internationally recognised high standards of training and welcome new members who meet these exacting standards.
- Continue to build the UKATA trademark for the supreme benefit of all its members by continuing to work within the guidelines of current legislation as an absolute minimum
- Continue to forge effective links with our trade partners and industry stakeholders.
UKATA offers four classifications of membership.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP: for companies, businesses and individuals wishing to undertake the delivery of asbestos training as a UKATA approved training provider. Becoming a UKATA approved training provider demonstrates your commitment to delivering the highest standards of asbestos training. There are three categories within Professional Membership; Licensed, Non-Licensed and Asbestos Awareness all of which are required to undergo an intensive verification and audit process prior to acceptance for membership.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP: UKATA offers Corporate Membership to all major blue chip corporations, local authorities, government departments and health authorities interested in gaining recognition as a UKATA supporter without qualifying for full Professional Membership of the Association. Corporate Membership provides an opportunity to mark a presence in the asbestos industry showing commitment and support to improvements in asbestos training.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: UKATA offers Associate Membership to all companies who provide an industry related service interested in gaining recognition as a UKATA supporter without qualifying for Professional Membership of the Association. Associate Membership provides an opportunity to mark a presence in the asbestos industry showing commitment and support to continued improvements in asbestos training.
AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP: UKATA offers Affiliate Membership to all interested parties interested in gaining recognition as a UKATA supporter without qualifying for full Professional Membership of the Association. Affiliate Membership provides an opportunity to mark a presence in the asbestos industry showing commitment and support to its legacy.
UKATA is governed by a Board of eleven Directors who are all volunteers, each with their own management style. They bring a diverse wealth of knowledge to the table, as well as offering their valuable time voluntarily for the good of the Association.
The Office Team comprises of seven employees who manage the day-to-day operational procedures under the leadership of UKATA General Manager.
UKATA independent Verifiers and Auditors are employed on a consultancy basis and satisfy the appointment criteria as set by the Association.