Key Asbestos Legislation

Asbestos awareness training ~ Asbestos awareness refresher training ~ non-licensed asbestos works training ~ non-licensed asbestos removal trainingThe Control of Asbestos Regulations are there to help prevent contractors or maintenance staff from working on asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) without knowing.  I.E.
  • The property owner should be managing  their asbestos correctly
  • An Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Survey should be carried out on the work area before  any destructive works commence
  • Contractors or maintenance staff should have received asbestos awareness training so that they have an understanding of the risks and are better able to recognise typical ACM’s
  • They should be told were the asbestos is in the property so that they can avoid it
  • If they need to work with or disturb asbestos then they must have received appropriate training for the task

Prior knowledge allows them to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and to protect others by not contaminating the area.

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Regulation 4 “The Duty to Manage”

Regulation 4 applies to all non domestic properties built before 2000 and requires them to ACTIVELY MANAGE their asbestos. The regulation places a duty of care on the property owner or responsible person (The Duty Holder); they should form an Asbestos Management Plan for the ongoing management of their asbestos risks.

This would normally require a Asbestos Management Survey and the findings of which would be used to form an Asbestos Management Plan for the ongoing management of the asbestos.

  • Ascertain if there are any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) on the premises
    Note: materials must be presumed to contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to prove otherwise
  • Determine the type and condition of any such materials and assess the risk of disturbance/ exposure
  • Collate and keep an up-to-date record of the location of these ACM’s or presumed ACM’s.
  • Prepare a comprehensive Asbestos Management Plan detailing how the risks are to be managed.
  • Take the necessary steps to implement the management plan.
  • Periodically review and update the management plan.
  • Make the management plan readily available to anyone who may work near or may disturb the Asbestos

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Regulation 5 “Identification of the presence of Asbestos”

If appropriate information for the scope of work to be undertaken is not available or is not in a reliable form, then before carrying out any work involving the potential disturbance of the fabric of the building the employer should either:
  1. Establish whether the part of the building that is likely to be disturbed contains asbestos, and if so what type. This may require a survey and analysis of representative samples; or
  2. Assume that the part of the building being worked upon contains asbestos and take the precautions outlined in the Regulations for licensed work

I.E. Asbestos Management Surveys or Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys

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Regulation 10 “Information, instruction and training”

Every employer must provide suitable training (which includes information and instruction) to employees and their supervisors who are or are liable to disturb asbestos during the course of their work. This should make them aware of (among other things):
  • the properties of asbestos, its health effects and the interaction of asbestos and smoking
  • the type of materials likely to contain asbestos
  • what work could cause asbestos exposure and the importance of preventing exposure
  • how work can be done safely and what equipment is needed
  • emergency procedures
  • decontamination

The training must be given at regular intervals. It needs to be proportionate to the nature and degree of exposure and so should contain the appropriate level of detail, be suitable to the job, and should use written materials, oral presentation and demonstration as necessary.

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Other Health & Safety Regulations

Under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA), employers have a duty of care for the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst at work. In addition, employers that are in control of premises have a duty of care, under Section 4 of the HSWA, towards all other people (non-employees) who use or work at their premises.

Other regulations embodied in the HSWA require employers to ensure that:

  • Immediate steps are taken to reduce exposure to asbestos
  • Risk assessments are carried out and are used to prepare method statements for any work that is likely to involve removal of asbestos.
  • The number of workers exposed to asbestos is kept to a minimum.
  • Information on the location of asbestos is made available to all personnel

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What Asbestos training is right for me?

Awareness Training Asbestos Awareness Training It is a legal requirement that anyone you may come into contact with or may disturb asbestos during the course of their work, and/or anyone who supervises such people, must receive appropriate Asbestos Awareness Training.

Typical people who need this training are the trades….electricians, joiners, plumbers, installations, maintenance staff and their supervisors etc.

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Awareness Training Category A Asbestos Awareness Training Online Regulation 10 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states that every employer must ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to employees who are liable to be exposed to asbestos.

This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos.

In particular, it should be given to those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that ACMs may become exposed during their work.

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Non-licensed TrainingAwareness Training

Anyone who carries out any work which may disturb asbestos, or supervises those who do, must receive non-licensed asbestos works training.

The training is the framework for non-licensed works; it utilises the HSE publication “Asbestos Essentials Task Manual” which includes details of approved codes of practice for job specific tasks. It would become your main reference point for carrying out non-licensed asbestos works.

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Founded in 2005 and based in Middlewich, Cheshire we deliver quality solutions in a prompt, professional manner. Whether you’re looking for Asbestos training for one or two people or a larger group we can take care of your Asbestos training requirements.

Experienced in asbestos management and training, we offer a wide range of services including:

    • Asbestos Surveying & Management
    • Asbestos Management Survey
    • Asbestos Management Plans
    • Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys
    • Asbestos Awareness Training (Category A)
    • Online Asbestos Awarness Training (Category A)
    • Non-licensed Asbestos Works Training (Category B)