The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10 requires every employer to ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to their employees who are or who are liable to be exposed to asbestos, or who supervise such employees.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10, Paragraph 128 – 131 specifies the training that is required for those working with non-licensed asbestos containing materials as defined by CAR 2012 Reg 3(2). This is also further stated in the Health and Safety Guidance Document HSG 210 – Essentials Task Manual, Fourth Edition.
Any persons carrying out non-licensed works with asbestos containing materials, as laid down in CAR 2012, Reg 3(2). This would normally include, but is not limited to, trade operatives such as demolition workers, construction workers, general maintenance staff, electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, painters and decorators, joiners, shop fitters, plasterers, roofers, heating and ventilation engineers, telecommunication engineers, computer installers, fire and burglar alarm installers, architects, building surveyors and other such professionals or any other persons likely to disturb and carry out work on asbestos containing materials as defined in CAR 2012.
The duration of the training can be divided into three categories;
B1) Initial training with no previous asbestos awareness training undertaken: The expected duration for this training will be 1 ½ days or a minimum of 9 learning hours, this training must include the asbestos awareness element as laid down in UKATA document MS001.
B2) Initial training with previous UKATA certificated asbestos awareness training within 6 months of the start date. The expected duration for this training will be 1 day or a minimum of 6 learning hours.
B3) Refresher training having undergone B1, B2 or B3 above within the last 12 months. The expected duration for the refresher training will be determined by the training provider carrying out a training needs analysis and should be no less than 3 learning hours.