UKATA Asbestos Awareness eLearning
To provide an awareness and develop the knowledge amongst employees as regards the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The course further gives an overview of the legislative measures in place to permit employees to safeguard themselves and others affected by work activities.
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This syllabus sets out the guidance issued by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) for the provision of asbestos awareness training as contained within the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR). The document provides the syllabus for the training along with guidance on the minimum content of all courses. Trainers can offer bespoke or tailored training for the remainder of any training session but the core content MUST be adhered to.
Asbestos awareness training is required to be given to employ
Supervisors and trades personnel, including trainees such as but not limited to: demolition workers, construction workers, general maintenance staff, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, painters and decorators, joiners, plasterers, roofers, heating and ventilation engineers, telecommunication engineers, fire and burglar alarm installers, computer installers, architects, building surveyors, shopfitters and other such professionals.
Architects, building surveyors and other such professionals may require a more developed course which includes the core syllabus in this course, however with an additional module which includes the interaction between the various duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations and those within CAR.
1.0 Outline the properties, risks and its effects on health of asbestos exposure:
➢ Describe the types and properties of asbestos minerals.
➢ The risks to and effects of health caused by exposure to asbestos.
➢ Increased risks from smoking.
➢ General epidemiology and statistics.
2.0 Have a general knowledge of the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACMs in buildings and plant and be in a position to:
➢ Outline the types of asbestos;
➢ Explain where asbestos and ACMs can be typically found within buildings;
➢ Describe the main reasons for the use of asbestos coatings, insulation, asbestos insulating board, asbestos cement and other asbestos containing materials.
3.0 How to avoid the risks from asbestos
➢ Describe the risks of fibre release from asbestos coatings, insulation, asbestos insulating board, asbestos cement and other asbestos containing materials;
➢ Demonstrate an awareness of how they would find information about the presence of asbestos before starting work;
➢ Explain the general emergency arrangements to be used in the event that asbestos or ACMs are discovered or disturbed during the course of works.
4.0 Outline of legislation relating to asbestos
➢ Understand in simple terms where asbestos legislation fits in the wider context of health and safety legislation
➢ Outline of the legislation governing asbestos and work with asbestos, particularly regulations 5 and 6 of CAR;
➢ Outline the basic framework (Regulation 4) for managing ACMs