Every employer must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.
Workers and supervisors must be able to recognise asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and know what to do if they come across them in order to protect themselves and others.
Information, instruction and training for asbestos awareness is intended to give workers and supervisors the information they need to avoid work that may disturb asbestos during any normal work which could disturb the fabric of a building or other item which might contain asbestos. It will not prepare workers, or self-employed contractors, to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials. If a worker is planning to carry out work that will disturb ACMs, further information, instruction and training will be needed.
Examples of those affected are listed below. There will be other occupations where asbestos may be disturbed in addition to those listed:
• General maintenance workers
• Painters and decorators
• Construction workers
• Shop fitters
• Gas fitters
• Heating and ventilation engineers
• Demolition workers
• Telecommunication engineers
• Fire/burglar alarm installers
• Computer and data installers
• Building surveyors
Online learning (often referred to as e-learning) is increasingly used as a method of providing asbestos awareness training. HSE recognises the use of e-learning as a viable delivery method, among others, for asbestos awareness training, provided it satisfies the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 'Managing and working with asbestos'.
Our information, instruction and training about asbestos awareness cover the following
The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in buildings and plant the general procedures to deal with an emergency, eg an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos
Introduction What is asbestos,, main types of asbestos. Serpentine and Amphibole properties. References to Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic properties.
Module 1: History of Asbestos History of Asbestos: Reference to Marco Polo, Egyptians, use during wartime Britain. Uses of asbestos through the ages. Pottery, napkins and funeral shrouds. Prohibition of asbestos in UK November 1999.
Module 2: Health Hazards Asbestos Related Disease: Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung cancer. Video -Mesothelioma. Increased incidence of cancer for smokers who are exposed to asbestos.
Module 3: Regulations Legislation: Introduction to the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Duties of Employers and employees. Introduction to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Specific reference to regulation 2 – control limit, Regulation 4, Duty Holder responsibilities for non- domestic buildings, Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Risk assessment.
Module 4: Asbestos In Buildings Asbestos in Buildings: Where asbestos can be found in the built environment. Type of ACM, sectional pipe insulation, hard-set insulation, sprayed coating and Asbestos Insulation board. Benchmark dates
Module 5: Emergency Procedures Emergency procedures: What to do if you disturb asbestos. Emergency decontamination. Disposal of clothing and items used for decontamination.
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