What are your responsibilities as an employer?
As an employer you must ensure that:
Your employees have the training, knowledge, experience and ability to carry out the work without risk to themselves or others
supervisors and managers are also trained and aware of their responsibilities
The training provider is competent and aware of the tasks that are likely to be carried out by employees.
Self employed workers should ensure that they are properly trained to protect themselves and ensure that others are not put at risk from their work activities.
What type of training is required?
All workers who are liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work should be trained so that they can recognise asbestos containing materials and know what to do if they come across them. The training needs to be appropriate for the work and the roles undertaken by individuals. There are two types of asbestos training:
Training for work with asbestos that does not require a licence from HSE
UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training (Category A)
Awareness training is designed for persons that are liable to disturb asbestos in their normal day to day activities such as:
- General maintenance workers
- Painters and decorators
- Painters and decorators
- Construction workers
- Shop fitters
- Gas fitters
- Heating and ventilation engineers
- Telecommunication engineers
- Fire/burglar alarm installers
- Computer installers
- Building surveyors
- Demolition workers
etc… This list is not exhaustive..
Asbestos Awareness Training includes
The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in buildings and plant
The general procedures to deal with an emergency, e.g. an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace
How to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos.
Please note that Asbestos Awareness Training is not sufficient to work with or handle asbestos containing materials.
“As a company with over 1,700 members of staff that regularly enter buildings and work on assets which potentially contain asbestos, it was essential that all our personnel were aware of the hazards associated to exposure of this hazardous material. As a result of this we employed Lucion to undertake UKATA accredited training with bespoke internal modules. Over the past 18 months Lucion have delivered over 150 training sessions at locations throughout the Company all over the Midlands. From the planning stage through to the delivery of these sessions, Lucion have provided us with supportive guidance and advice to ensure our compliance every step of the way.”
Severn Trent Water
UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training (Category B)
Training for asbestos work that does not require a licence (‘non-licensable’ asbestos work)
This training if designed for persons that plan to carry out work with low risk asbestos products or asbestos that does not require a licence. It should be carried out in addition to the awareness training and be job specific. It applies to the same people as in the awareness training and can cover tasks such as:
Drilling holes in asbestos materials (including for sampling and analysis purposes)
Laying cables in areas containing undamaged asbestos materials
Removing asbestos containing floor tiles
Cleaning or repairing asbestos cement sheet roofing or cladding.
Topics covered by this type of training include:
How to make suitable and sufficient assessments about the risk of exposure to asbestos
Safe work practices and control measures, including an explanation on the correct use of control measures, protective equipment and work methods
Selection and appropriate use of protective equipment
Waste handling procedures
Relevant legal requirements.
Please note that this type of training is not sufficient to work with or handle licenced asbestos containing materials.