The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Regulation 10 (CAR12) requires every employer to ensure that adequate training is provided for their employees who are liable to be exposed to asbestos, or to those managers who supervise such employees. In their Syllabus for Asbestos Awareness, UKATA have laid out a clear set of terms for providing the asbestos awareness training as laid out in the regulations. In this post, we will summarise that syllabus.
Asbestos Awareness Training Objectives
The objective of the asbestos awareness training is to improve knowledge of the risks of asbestos containing materials. The course should also outline how employees can prevent any asbestos-related risk.
Who is this training for?
Asbestos awareness training is for anyone who is likely to encounter asbestos during their working day. However, UKATA have identified the following roles as likely to require training:
- Supervisors and trades personnel
- General maintenance staff
- Gas fitters
- Painters and decorators
- Demolition workers
- Construction workers
- Heating and ventilation engineers
- Telecommunication engineers
- Fire and burglar alarm installers
- Computer installers
- Building surveyors
On successful completion of any asbestos awareness training course, delegates should:
- Have an increased awareness of the nature and properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
- Be familiar with types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings
- Know how to avoid the risks from asbestos by understanding:
- Where to obtain information on asbestos in premises prior to commencing work;
- What to do if suspicious materials are found;
- How to use appropriate workplace precautions, including the risk assessment process, or
- Seek advice on workplace precautions, in respect of the risks of asbestos;
- Undertake work activities in a safe manner and without risk to themselves or others.
- Have an awareness of the general legislation in relation to health and safety and asbestos in particular.
- Procedures to be followed when coming into unintentional contact with asbestos containing materials and an understanding of the appropriate emergency arrangements.
For more information, see the original UKATA document.