In a previous post, we covered UKATA’s set of terms for their asbestos awareness syllabus. In this post, we’ll expand on those terms and look at how they define a satisfactory outcome for the candidate.
In their syllabus, UKATA require the candidate to be able to:
- Outline the properties, risks and its effects on health of asbestos exposure. This would include being able to describe the properties of asbestos and outline the risks to health caused by exposure to asbestos – including the increased risks from smoking.
- Have a general knowledge of the types of asbestos containing material that you are likely to encounter as well as their uses. The candidate should be able to describe the types of asbestos, where it is likely to be found within a building, and understand the reason for it being there – namely to understand the properties that made asbestos so widespread. This will include learning about asbestos coatings, asbestos insulating board, asbestos cement and other asbestos containing materials.
- Describe how to avoid the risks from asbestos. This will include understanding what makes asbestos harmful, including the concepts of friability and fibre release. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate awareness of how to obtain information regarding the presence of asbestos and explain emergency procedures used in the event that asbestos or asbestos containing materials are discovered.
- Have an understanding of legislation relating to asbestos. This will include Regulations 5 and 6 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Regulation 4 for managing asbestos containing materials.