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Enhance Workplace Safety: Why Checking Certificates Matters

UKATA highlights the importance of training certificate validation, to ensure competency, site safety, employee safety, and to protect the public.

In its ongoing commitment to uphold the highest safety and integrity standards in the asbestos training industry, UKATA remind readers of the critical importance of validating training certificates.

The new UKATA certificate launched in December 2022, is designed with advanced anti-fraud features, including a fail-safe QR code, ensuring they cannot be replicated without immediate detection. Despite these measures, and our members training over 18,000 delegates monthly, data shows that only 5% of certificates are ever validated.

Despite best efforts from UKATA, a small number of unscrupulous individuals continue attempting to create and use fraudulent certificates, putting themselves and members of the public at risk, thus highlighting the need to ensure certificate validation.

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Why Validate?

Validating certificates is not just about compliance; it's about ensuring the safety and competency of individuals on your sites. It's a crucial step in safeguarding workplaces and upholding the professional standards we all value. This applies not just to UKATA certificates but to all training certificates across the industry, whether they be for face fitsor other safety-related qualifications.

UKATA operates a zero-tolerance policy towards certificate fraud. Any attempts to create, issue, or use a fraudulent certificate are dealt with swiftly and reported to the relevant authorities including The Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Take Action: Always Validate UKATA Certificates

Use the QR code on each certificate for quick and secure validation. Protect your sites, your people, and the reputation of our industry. The validation process takes less than 2 minutes to complete online. Report any fraudulent certificates to UKATA on 01246 824 437 or

UKATA’s Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans said “UKATA is committed to protecting the public, members, associates, workers, and their employees from the risks associated to asbestos exposure.

If health and safety training is being overlooked this not only increases workers risk of exposure to deadly asbestos but also the buildings users. Asbestos related health issues such as lung cancer and mesothelioma are not identified immediately after exposure to asbestos. It can take between 15 and 60 years before these diseases present themselves.

Let's work together to ensure a safe working environment for all. Validate every certificate, every time, regardless of the issuing body and always report any fraudulent certificates so we can ensure protection.

This is an example of a real UKATA certificate. You can scan the QR code to see how quick and easy it is to validate.

UKATA, a leading association, is dedicated to enhancing the quality and standards of asbestos training with the aim to shield workers and the public from the hazards of asbestos exposure.

The association collaborates closely with its members to guarantee that they have access to the latest information, training resources, and industry updates. They provide a suite of support services to assist them in accomplishing their training objectives. Their membership encompasses a diverse array of organisations involved in asbestos training, including training providers, asbestos removal contractors, consultants, and equipment suppliers.

UKATA is fervent about promoting safe and responsible working practices, committed to working with members and partners to realise a shared vision of protecting workers and the public from the hazards linked with asbestos exposure.

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Published on Thursday 29th February 2024

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