As the country heads into lockdown, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is urging workers in construction-related industries and trades to make use of the time to upskill or refresh training.
In line with this, UKATA has approved its 200-member companies and individuals to deliver a number of its approved courses by video conferencing software, including Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, UKATA members are approved to deliver the following courses by video conference:
- Asbestos Awareness
- Asbestos Awareness Refresher
- Duty to Manage – Extension to Asbestos Awareness
- Non-Licensable Refresher (Delegates must complete a Training Needs Analysis prior to the training)
The move to temporary video conference training was approved during a recent emergency UKATA board meeting.
A number of quality control measures have been put in place with members to ensure the training delivered continues to be of a high quality. To support the delivery of courses UKATA is also developing a new bespoke online examination system.
UKATA-approved training providers are audited regularly by UKATA to ensure the training they deliver is of a consistently high standard. They are also authorised to award industry-recognised and respected UKATA certificates following successful completion of training.
To ensure that training can continue to be delivered by members, UKATA has also agreed to grant an extension period to members whose membership process deadlines are approaching.
Craig Evans, Chief Operating Officer of UKATA, which is a highly respected, leading authority on asbestos training explained: “These are uncertain times and we have acted swiftly to ensure that workers can access vital asbestos training and that our members can continue to deliver it.
“It’s a distressing time for everyone concerned, particularly self-employed people, but we are urging people to use this enforced downtime to upskill and increase their knowledge and awareness of asbestos.”
Craig added: “The industry is going to have some difficult times ahead, from projects being cancelled to a shortage of supplies, inevitably meaning works cannot be carried out, but the country and the industry WILL recover and we must all be ready to hit the ground running when that happens.
“UKATA staff are all working remotely to ensure that, as much as possible, it’s business as usual and that we can continue to support our members and the industry during these unprecedented times.”