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Asbestos Training: Category B

In a previous post we looked at how to decide which asbestos training you required and the definition of Category A Asbestos Awareness Training.

In this post, we’ll look at Category B Training for non-licensable work with asbestos including notifiable non-licensable work (NNLW), which is obviously a bit of a mouthful. A Category B training course would aim to train those who knowingly will be working with asbestos containing materials where that work is not classified as “licensable work with asbestos” as defined by CAR2012. This work is typically referred to as non-licensable or notifiable non-licensable (NNLW) work as detailed in HSE Guidance Asbestos Essentials, e.g. cement, gaskets.

As far as we’re aware, this category of asbestos training is not available online. It’s always run as a classroom or face-to-face training event and would normally be expected to last at least a day.

Who is it for?

Workers who may need this level of information, instruction and training include those listed under asbestos awareness above and whose work will require them to disturb asbestos-containing materials, such as:

  • drilling holes in asbestos materials (including for sampling and analysis purposes)
  • laying cables in areas containing undamaged asbestos materials
  • removing asbestos-containing floor tiles
  • cleaning or repairing asbestos cement sheet roofing or cladding

What should be in the training?

According to the HSE, the training should include:

  • how to make suitable and sufficient assessments about the risk of exposure to asbestos
  • safe work practices and control measures, including an explanation of the correct use of control measures, protective equipment and work methods
  • selection and appropriate use of protective equipment
  • waste handling procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • relevant legal requirements
  • circumstances when non-licensed work may be notifiable (ie NNLW)

This is not a complete list.  The information, instruction and training should be appropriate to the work being done and should be tailored accordingly.