ASBESTOS IN SOILS
This syllabus sets out the guidance issued by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) for the provision of asbestos in soils training 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 does not provide delegates with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training to enable them to work with asbestos containing materials.
- The document provides the training syllabus requirements along with guidance in relation to the minimum ‘mandatory’ course content for all courses.
- Training Providers/Trainers can offer bespoke or tailored training for the remainder of any training session; providing that the ‘mandatory’ core requirements are delivered.
The syllabus 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.
Any persons responsible for managing sites in which the soil analysis report has identified asbestos containing materials within the soils on site; or where ACMs could be encountered within the soils on site. This would include, but is not limited to the following – The CDM 2015 Duty Holders i.e. clients, client’s agent, the principal designer, the principal contractor, HSEQ managers/advisors (including any consultants fulfilling these roles and responsibilities), and any contractor’s employees responsible for excavations, on-site remediation, site investigations and the disposal of waste from site.
The duration of the training can be divided into three categories; the chosen category should be determined by undertaking a training needs analysis on individual delegates attending open courses or discussions with the client at the time of booking, to establish the correct course and duration for the training:
AS1) Initial training with no previous asbestos awareness training undertaken: The expected duration for this training will be 1 ½ days or a minimum of 9 learning hours, this training must include the asbestos awareness element a laid down in the Asbestos Awareness Syllabus.
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 learning 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.