UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training Courses
Asbestos Awareness – The Law
There are only a few Health & Safety Regulations that require specific training with penalties if it is not done. One of these is Asbestos Awareness which is set out in the Control of Asbestos regulations 2012 which even sets out what has to be covered.
Anyone who may be exposed to asbestos at work (i.e. works in a building built prior to 1999) must have the training. According to the HSE Code of Practice, this includes:-
- Site operatives in construction, maintenance, refurbishment or demolition
- Electricians, plumbers and gas fitters and HVAC Engineers
- Painters and decorators
- Plasterers, shop-fitters and roofers
- Telecoms and computer engineers and cabling installers
- Fire, security and burglar alarm engineers
- Architects, surveyors, project managers and other such professions
This training has to cover various aspects of Asbestos and although it is not required by Law, most major contractors and house-builders require Asbestos Awareness to be UKATA Approved.
Every employer must ensure that anyone who is employed by, or labour only sub-contractors under their control, has the training and that it is refreshed annually. Refreshers can be given by various means, not just repeating the initial training.
The Solution – Asbestos Awareness Courses
Taking people off their jobs and putting them into a classroom to undertake a 3 hour Asbestos Awareness course, is not always an economic solution. The difference in cost between a trainer and e-learning can be vast and as everyone is busy, the half day down-time not only has a financial impact but also a production one.
e-Learning provides an economic, non-disruptive solution to the Asbestos Awareness training. 40 minutes on a computer with an internet connection (and this does not have to be undertaken in one session) will give a person the knowledge that the Regulations require and a certificate.
Whilst a non-UKATA Asbestos Awareness course can be provided, we suggest that the Approved course should be undertaken as there is little difference in price and that qualification will be accepted everywhere – where as a non-approved course might not.