Calling all tradesmen, you must ensure your employees are trained in Asbestos Awareness!

Regulation 10 (1) (a) of the Asbestos Regulations 2006 states that you must ensure any worker who is liable to disturb asbestos by carrying out their everyday work must be trained in Asbestos Awareness.

Any worker liable to disturb asbestos while performing their normal everyday work is required to be trained. The use of all asbestos containing materials was not banned until 1999. This means any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 could contain asbestos. Every employer must ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given so that their staff can recognise asbestos containing materials and know what to do if they come across them. The training needs to be appropriate for the work and the roles undertaken by individuals.

This training is for those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out, such as: Architects, Building Surveyors, Construction Workers, Computer Installer Architects, Demolition Workers, Electricians, Fire/Burglar Alarm Fitters, Gas Fitters, General Maintenance Workers, Heating and ventilation Engineers, Joiners, Painters and Decorators, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers and Telecommunication Engineers etc.

The boss of a refurbishment company fromNorth Tynesidewas fined for failing to provide adequate information, instruction and training to his workers in the procedures needed to deal with asbestos. Neil Brown, aged 45 and the boss of High View Services, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 10 (1) (a) of the control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and ordered to pay a £360 fine and the same again in court costs.

When you consider that here at Armco Asbestos Consultants we offer Asbestos Awareness Training for £55 per person when we hold out courses here at the Business Centre, Kay Street, Bury or £250 per half day course at your premises – it makes economic, as well as moral sense, to make sure your staff are up to date with their Asbestos Awareness Training. In addition, to ensure you can apply for various accreditations such as CHAS, which enables you to be approved contractors, your staff must be trained in Asbestos Awareness.

We offer various other training such as Works with Non-Licensed Asbestos Containing Materials and Respiratory Mask Face-Fit Testing and other asbestos related services such as consultancy, sampling, surveying and removals. Navigate this site for further training information or ring the office on 0161 763 3727 to discuss how we can ensure you operate within the asbestos law.

Published Dec 19, 2011
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