Asbestos awareness training is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be given to all demolition workers and those workers in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades. Asbestos awareness training is not training to work with any forms of asbestos. It is likely to form the first part of training for work with asbestos, but on its own it is does not meet the legal requirements laid down under Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).
The course objective is 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 them- selves and others affected by work activities.
On successful completion of this course, delegates should be able to:
- 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 the types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings and where appropriate items of plant.
- 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 key aspects of the asbestos regulations and how they fit into the broader context of health and safety legislation.
- Procedures to be followed when coming into unintentional contact with asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and an understanding of the appropriate emergency arrangements.