Asbestos training

Asbestos training – what you need to know

Ian Stone Asbestos Awareness

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 states employers must ensure adequate information, instruction and asbestos training is given to all employees liable to be exposed to asbestos. Employers must review training needs any time the job changes or different work practices are introduced. This is to enable employees to be able to safeguard themselves and others and so they can carry out their work safely and effectively.

What type of training is needed?

This regulation details three types of training – asbestos awareness training (AAT), non-licensed work with asbestos and training for licensed work with asbestos. All three are relevant to specific roles. For instance, AAT doesn’t qualify you to work with asbestos and non-licensed work with asbestos training doesn’t qualify someone for licensed work with asbestos.

The training should include an appropriate level of detail and be suitable for the actual work. The training should use written materials and oral presentations and practical demonstrations, wherever necessary. For the oral presentations, the teacher should have the necessary experience and be able to explain the subject. Students should be able to connect their learning to their work and be able to ask questions.

Who needs Asbestos Awareness Training (AAT)?

AAT covers most fields, however there are lots of different roles within the industry and having a tailored asbestos awareness training course, delivered in line with what an individual does, is really powerful.

Generally, AAT should be given to employees whose work means they may disturb the fabric of a building as this type of work may expose them to asbestos. This applies to the workers onsite and supervisors working back in the office. Supervisors need this training too because they need to understand potential risks to their colleagues working onsite. AAT is all about keeping people safe whilst they do their job.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the types of workers who qualify for AAT:

  • Demolition workers
  • Construction workers
  • Maintenance staff
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Gas fitters
  • Joiners
  • Carpenters
  • Shop fitters
  • Plasterers
  • Roofers
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Telecoms engineers
  • Computer data installers
  • Alarm installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors
  • Architects

What should AAT include?

It needs to give the student an understanding of what asbestos is, where it comes from, why it was used, what was the benefit of using it, where it was used, what it looks like, who will be exposed to asbestos whilst working on site and what to do if you come across it.

Delegates should also fully understand why asbestos is hazardous and how it can affect people and their health. They need to know the properties of asbestos and what it does to the human body? This includes the risks of being exposed to asbestos along with smoking. There is a significant risk of developing an asbestos-related disease if you smoke.

They should also learn about how to control the risks, emergency procedures to avoid disturbing asbestos, what to do if asbestos is disturbed and what to do if something goes wrong. Delegates should also learn about the current asbestos regulations.

How often do I need training?

Refresher training should be given every year and should be appropriate to the role undertaken.

Where should I go to for training?

Our course is approved by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA). Another thing you should look for in a trainer is experience. Look at the trainer’s qualifications, their actual teaching experience, their testimonials and references.

Face-to-face training is our preferred method to enable you to ask lots of questions and ensure your understanding is adequate before you leave the course.

Finally, find out how long will you have to wait to get your certificate once you have sat the course and passed the test because that could delay works.

Can the training be tailored to my needs?

It’s really important that if you are a gas engineer you get a course tailored for a gas engineer. You want to know about any asbestos you are likely to come into contact with and how to protect your health when it comes to asbestos.

We’re a professional asbestos consultancy helping businesses deal with asbestos compliance using asbestos surveysasbestos testing, and asbestos removal. Please call one of the team, or use the online form to obtain your free quotation. If you would like further information or advice on asbestos and asbestos training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or email