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Who Needs Asbestos Training?

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Asbestos training is necessary within construction and other related industries because it provides a safe, reliable and easy way for employers to protect their workers and the health of the general public.

In addition to giving your employees vital information about the dangers of asbestos and raising awareness of asbestos risks, training programmes will educate your team in using the right control measures to ensure they carry out work effectively and safely.

But who should attend an asbestos course, and is asbestos awareness training a legal requirement? Find out all the details below:

Who needs asbestos awareness training?

An asbestos awareness course should be provided to anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their work. A few examples of what type of worker may be affected are listed below:

  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors
  • Maintenance workers
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Roofers
  • Electricians and plumbers
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers
  • Joiners

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there may be many occupations that could be impacted by the presence of asbestos in the work environment.

In addition to providing asbestos awareness training to workers, employers will also need to ensure supervisors and managers have the right training as they will be the ones overseeing any work, and it will be their responsibility to ensure all risk assessments are carried out responsibly.

Is asbestos training a legal requirement?

Generally speaking, there are two main duty holders. Firstly, anyone who owns, or is responsible, for the maintenance of a building with asbestos has a duty to ensure the safety of those working there.

Secondly, any employer who oversees work being carried out is also a duty holder. Employers have a legal duty to consider which type of asbestos course is suitable for workers, based on their job responsibilities and their work environment. This includes contractors and anyone who is self-employed.

According to Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, employers must ensure that workers have the adequate information and instruction required to carry out day-to-day tasks safely. This means considering the level of ‘adequate’ asbestos training needed.

For instance, workers who are required to carry out work which will deliberately disturb asbestos will need a more comprehensive course than those who may be working in an environment where asbestos could get on their clothing.

Do you need the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course?

At The Safety Maintenance Company, we offer two UKATA asbestos courses:

  • UKATA Asbestos Awareness
  • UKATA Non-Licensed Removal

The UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course is for anyone who may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials. The half-day programme covers health risks, hazards, common products and locations, and emergency procedures.

The UKATA Non-Licensed Removal Course is designed for workers who are required to knowingly disturb low-risk asbestos. The training will include aspects of waste disposal, decontamination, control measures, emergency procedures, assessing what work can/cannot be done, the Plan of Work (PoW), and effective cleaning down.

Not sure which course is suitable for your team? Get in touch with The Safety Maintenance Company for advice. Call 0800 069 9539 or fill in our online contact form and someone will get back to you.