“TREAT EMPLOYEES LIKE THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THEY WILL”

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) – Regulation 10, requires every employer to ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to anyone liable to disturb asbestos during their work, or who supervises such employees.

Essentially this requires a hierarchy in approach to the level and complexity of training required. From your visiting Contractors to full time Maintenance Team, Office Administrator to Chief Executive Officer, relevant asbestos information and training should be provided.

Our courses are designed to be interesting, interactive and packed with visual aids. You will see samples of asbestos products in a safe controlled manner and the courses will be tailored providing relevant references to your specific work environment.

Our Asbestos Awareness Course runs for 3-4 hours  and subsequent shorter Refresher or Management tool box talks can also be provided.

Read below for details of different types of training that can be provided or contact us for a consultation, where we will recommend a suitable strategy.

There are three main types of information, instruction and training defined in Regulation 10.

These relate to:

  • Asbestos Awareness Training;
  • Non-licensable work with asbestos including NNLW;
  • Licensable work with asbestos.

ASBESTOS AWARENESS

The Regulations state that asbestos awareness training should be given to employees whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building and expose them to asbestos. In particular this includes the general maintenance staff.

This  also extends to supervisors or managers that may influence their work so that effective risk assessments can be conducted and retained.

Asbestos awareness will not prepare employees to carry out work with ACMs. Awareness training is only intended to help employees avoid carrying out work that will disturb asbestos or ACMs

The approved code of practice states that this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Demolition / construction workers;
  • Electricians, Plumbers, Gas fitters, Painters and Decorators;
  • Joiners, Shop fitters, Plasterers, Roofers;
  • Heating and ventilation engineers;
  • Telecommunication engineers;
  • Computer and data installers;
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers;
  • architects, building surveyors and other such professionals.

Asbestos awareness training will cover the following topics:

  • the properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke;
  • the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant;
  • the general procedures to be followed to deal with an emergency, eg an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace;
  • how to avoid the risks from asbestos, eg for building work, no employee should carry out work which disturbs the fabric of a building unless the employer has confirmed that ACMs are not present.

If work is planned that will disturb ACMs, further training will be needed.

REFRESHER

There is no legal requirement to repeat a formal refresher awareness training course every 12 months, However some form of refresher awareness should be given. A bespoke toolbox talk to refresh knowledge and site specific rules can be provided and a certificate of training issued to demonstrate continued professional development.

NON-LICENSABLE WORK INCLUDING NNLW

In addition to the asbestos awareness training course those employees that knowingly work on asbestos containing materials defined as non-licensable work (NNLW) must receive additional task-specific information, instruction and training as asbestos awareness training course is only intended to help employees avoid work or accidental damage to  asbestos. Regulation 3(2) provides information on the types of non-licensed work activities and products and further information on techniques can be found in the task essential manual http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/essentials/index.htm

LICENSABLE WORK

In addition to the asbestos awareness training course those employees carrying out work defined as ‘licensable work’ should receive additional training. HSG 247: asbestos: the licensed contractors’ guide, sets out the detailed content of the asbestos training modules for operatives, supervisors, managers and directors involved in licensable work.