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Asbestos Training - The Ultimate Guide for all Those Working or Managing Buildings Where Asbestos may be Present

Asbestos Training  - The Ultimate Guide for all Those Working or Managing Buildings Where Asbestos may be Present

Posted on Wednesday 14th October 2015 by Annette

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a fibre that was included in many building materials that were used in many different locations in buildings built between 1950 until the late 1990’s. It was used because it had excellent insulation, heat resistance as well as fire proofing properties and it wasn't until much later that it was identified to be a risk to health.

If disturbed and not handled and disposed of correctly it can become a dangerous material, not only to the operatives working on the site but to anyone entering that area.

Why do you need Asbestos Training?

Legislation has been introduced for some time to try and protect all those whose work might require them to work on or damage the construction/materials of a building, in whatever area, and thus possibly bring them into contact with ACM's (Asbestos Containing Materials).

Under the 'Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012' it has now become mandatory, for all persons either engaged in, employing people to be engaged in, or those managing buildings occupied by others, to take certain steps to try and minimise any impact to health in relation to asbestos located in those buildings.

Failure to be compliant and understanding what you need to do can result in work stoppages which can be very costly and even prevent you from continuing to work until such time as you can prove your level of competency and training.

What Level of Asbestos Training do you need?

  1. Asbestos Awareness

    Everyone working in the Construction (either as main contractors or sub contractors) or Facilities Management industries, should have the basic entry level introduction of Asbestos Awareness. This gives you a basic understanding of possible locations of asbestos, the risks involved, the legislation and what to do if you suspect asbestos might be present.

    Asbestos Awareness can be undertaken as a Tutored course (see our web site for course dates, options and timings the benefits of this are you get individual help from a Tutor who can assist in any specific aspects relevant to your line of work. Tutored courses are often a requirement for those working with larger contractors or in the public arena. On successful completion of the course you will obtain the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Certificate as proof that you have attended and passed a Tutored course.

    Alternatively Asbestos Awareness can be undertaken as an E-Learning (On Line) course. This allows you to undertake the course where/when it suits you the delegate. Our course is UKATA approved and a certificate is issued immediately upon completion of the course.

    • Again visit our web site then click on Login to Book Now.
    • You can pay by either debit or credit card and upon receipt of payment you will be automatically issued with a user name and password to allow you to work through the course modules. Paying through our website is a totally secure payment method using Barclaycard and we are the only Company to provide this
    • You can use a laptop, PC or Tablet device to undertake this training.
    • You can log off/on as many times as you wish. You do not have to take the course in one sitting. The system is set up so that when you log back on again, it will know where you left off and take you to the appropriate place. Your logging-in details remain active until you have completed the course.
  2. Non Licensable Works with ACM's

    This course is for all those who need to progress to the next level. This course covers, in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, those who work with or disturb asbestos, referred to as Non Licensable Asbestos Work or Minor Works. Persons requiring this type of training would be those whose work will knowingly disturb ACM’s, such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, maintenance and demolition workers, kitchen installers, flooring contractors and aerial fitters.

    At Asbestos Training Limited we have unique and bespoke facilities to enable all Trades to get some practical hands-on training. In our brand new Practical Centre you will have the opportunity of attempting various simulated tasks as well as being given the chance to see how you should approach the particular type of work that is relevant to you.

Face Fit Testing

We also have a separate RPE Face Fit room. Here with the latest Portacount equipment individuals can be tested to ensure they have the correct Respirator, that fits them and thus affords them the highest level of protection against atmospheric particulates, whether they be asbestos or just more common air pollutants.

We have specially trained Face Fit Testers who will carry out the Quantitative face fit testing in line with the latest guidelines. Following the test you will be issued with a Face Fit Test Certificate which shows the RPE you were tested with, to ensure that if a site check is ever made, you are correctly attired and protected.

We hold a large range of the most commonly used half and full face Respirators. So if you already own one it is quite likely that we will be able to test you, using a Test Mask that is identical to your own. We do not recommend that you ask to be tested using a disposable mask, our equipment is too sensitive and very often we cannot get a ‘Pass’ test using them, as the fit is not good enough to be deemed to keep the wearer adequately protected against particulate infiltration into the mask.

We also stock, recommend and sell the Sundstrom half face Respirator in a RPE kit. This includes the secure storage box, a filter and the RPE itself. You can also buy any of the parts of the kit from us at any time.


How will I know if there is asbestos in the building I am working in?

You won't - ask the building owner for a copy of the Asbestos Survey or request that a survey be undertaken by a specialist Surveyor.

What should I do if I think that the walls, floors or ceilings may have some ACM's in them?

Stop work immediately and check the Survey Report or ask for the materials to be tested.

What would happen if I carried on working and didn’t realise that I had either damaged or disturbed some ACM's?

You risk becoming exposed, along with others, which could lead to an Asbestos related disease in the future.

How long does the Category A Asbestos Awareness and Category B Non Licensable Works with ACM's (Asbestos Containing Materials) training take?

Category A - half a day
Category B - one and half days or 1 day if the Cat A is completed within the last six months prior to you doing the Cat B course.

How long do my Certificates last, once I have undertaken the relevant training?

All UKATA Certificates have a one year expiry. After which Refresher Training can be undertaken.

Who might want to see my certificates from my training?

Employers, Clients, Health & Safety Auditors, Health and Safety Executive and in rare cases the courts.

Can I do any refresher training on line or does it always have to be taken on Tutored courses?

At present Category A Refresher training can be undertaken on line.
Category B Refresher Training has to be Tutored.

What is the advantage of doing a Tutored Asbestos Awareness course over a E Learning?

We have an article comparing these here.

Why should I choose Asbestos Training over other Training Providers?

  • We are a well established Training Company with Tutors who have been in the industry for over fifteen years operating under one of the largest and best recognised UK Associations of Asbestos Training Providers - UKATA
  • We provide on going telephone support once you have undertaken one of our training courses. If anytime after completing one of our Training courses, you need to ask a question we are only too pleased to be able to help and advise.
  • We have a fully equipped Training Centre situated just off the M11, A1 and A14
  • Our Training Centre has the latest equipment and has very comfortable facilities to make your time with us as nice as possible
  • We have a brand new bespoke Practical Centre in which you can gain actual hands on training particular to your trade.
  • Our courses are approved and run in accordance with UKATA’s guidelines.
  • All our course material is regularly updated to ensure we have all the latest legal information available.
  • We try and make our training fun as well as informative.
  • We want you to come back to us – so if you have any concerns or queries we want you to engage with us to give us the opportunity to understand what you, the Client, want.

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