Asbestos Awareness

Providing Training in Asbestos across the UK

There are approximately 5000 people who die each year from asbestos related diseases. And although it has been banned since 1999, many buildings still have asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) within them.

It has been a legal requirement to prevent persons from being exposed to asbestos for many years, and successive legislation has introduced ever more rigid controls on exposure to asbestos.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) (2006) was significant in that it widened the scope of those requiring training to include anyone

“whose work could forseeably expose them to asbestos”

. The pre-regulatory impact assessment identified approximately 1.8million persons who need the training.

“Exemptions from this requirement would apply only where the employer can demonstrate that work will be carried out in or on buildings free of asbestos containing materials. This information should be made available in the client’s asbestos management plan”

The Approved Code of Practice “Managing and Working With Asbestos” (L143) clearly defines sixteen target groups:

  • demolition workers;
  • construction workers;
  • general maintenace staff;
  • electricians;
  • plumbers;
  • gas fitters;
  • painters and decorators;
  • joiners;
  • shop fitters;
  • plasterers;
  • roofers;
  • heating & ventilation engineers;
  • computer and data installers;
  • telecommuniaction engineers;
  • fire & burgler alarm installers;
  • architects, building surveyors and other such professionals.

Asbestos Awareness training

“is for those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out”.

Asbestos Awareness has a fairly simple syllabus, as defined within Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations:

  • What is asbestos? - the main properties of asbestos and its effects on health
  • The types and likely occurrences of asbestos and ACMs in premises and plant
  • General procedures to be followed in the event of release of asbestos
  • How to avoid the risks from asbestos

This UKATA approved and registered course not only meets the requirements of the Regulations, but is delivered by our trainers who have personal knowledge and experience of working with and the management and removal of asbestos.

AT&C Ltd offers 'Open' course delivered at our training centres, or 'In-house' courese which are delivered in your premises or any suitable venue. The half-day session includes many typical examples of where asbestos has been used in both commercial and domestic premises. The course benefits from the inclusion of the client’s own Asbestos Management Plan, and where possible includes a short tour of the premises looking at any ACM’s in situ as identified in the Asbestos Register. For this reason, numbers are restricted to a maximum of 15 persons per session.

The course fully complies with the requirements of the
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and supporting Approved Code of Practice ( ACoP L143 ).

Asbestos Awareness Refresher should be given, as necessary, to help prevent people putting themselves (or others) at risk!