Posted on Friday, 28th June 2019
There are three main levels of information, instruction and training required to work with asbestos. These relate to:
Attending a training course on its own will not make a worker competent. Competence is developed over time by implementing and consolidating skills learnt during training, on-the-job learning, instruction and assessment.
Training for asbestos awareness is intended to give employers and employees the information they need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos, or what to do in the event of an emergency whilst carrying out normal work activities which could disturb the fabric of a building, or any other item which might contain asbestos. Awareness training on its own will not prepare workers, or self-employed contractors, to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. If a worker or contractor is intending to carry out work that will disturb any ACMs (asbestos containing materials), further instruction and training is needed.
The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke.
Asbestos types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos materials in buildings.
Procedures to deal with an emergency, e.g. an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace and how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos.
Workers or contractors who plan to carry out work that will disturb asbestos require a higher level of information and training, in addition to asbestos awareness. This should also take account of whether the work is non-licensed; notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW); or licensed work and should be job specific.
This information and training is for those workers and contractors whose work will require them to disturb asbestos-containing materials, for example:
The information and training for non-licensable work with asbestos, including NNLW, should cover the following theory and practical modules, but not limited to:
It is important to note that this level of information and training is not sufficient for licensable work with asbestos.
Most work with higher risk asbestos-containing materials must be carried out by licensed contractors.
Only workers and managers, provided with suitable information instruction and training, using appropriate respiratory and any other protective equipment, may undertake licensed asbestos work.
Further information on providing information instruction and training for licensable work can be found in The licensed contractors' guide HSG 247 and the Approved Code of Practice L143 Managing and working with asbestos.
The following information should also be made available to workers doing licensable work with asbestos:
There is no legal requirement to repeat an entire formal awareness refresher training course every 12 months. However, some form of refresher should be given to help ensure knowledge of asbestos awareness is maintained.
Refresher training on asbestos for licensable and non-licensable work should be appropriate to the task the worker is carrying out.
A certificate is not proof of competency to do the job, but where issued, a certificate shows the individual has had training and may be kept as part of an individual’s training record. Training may be required at varying intervals dependent on the nature of work being carried out; refer to the legislation and associated guidance for more details.
Essential Site Skills have been equipping workers with the skills needed for the safe removal of asbestos for years. We offer a range of training and support for those who work with asbestos and employers.
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