Asbestos in Soils

Introduction

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).

Purpose

The 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.

Course Objective

To provide delegates with: –

  • The theoretical skills to undertake work on sites (brownfield and greenfield sites) which have been identified as having asbestos containing materials within the soils; or in which asbestos containing materials have been identified (i.e. from previous construction or demolition operations or previous pipe bursting operations or repairs on asbestos cement water mains in which the ACMs have been left on site).
  • An understanding of the appropriate action that must be taken in the event of non-notifiable and notifiable asbestos containing materials being identified/recorded within the soil analysis report; and or being identified on site in accordance with the CAR 2012.
  • An understanding of the emergency procedures that must be implemented in the event of ACMs on site accidentally escaping their control.

Duration

AS1) Initial training with no previous asbestos awareness training undertaken – The expected duration for this training will be 1½ day or a minimum of 9 hours tutor/learning time, this training must include the asbestos awareness element as laid down in the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Syllabus (A0022),

AS2) Initial training with previous UKATA certificated asbestos awareness training within 6 months of the certificate start date. Verification of the asbestos awareness training must be undertaken by the Training Provider and must be 6 months from the date of the asbestos awareness training, should the asbestos awareness training fall outside of this then AS1 training will be required. The expected duration for this training will be 1 day or 6 hours,

AS3) Refresher training should be considered if work methods change or gaps in competency have been identified by means of carrying out a TNA.  It is important to note that Reg 10 of the ACoP requires employers to make sure that anyone who supervises employees who are liable to disturb asbestos during their work ensures they receive the correct level of information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their work safely and competently and without risk to themselves or others.