The Control of Asbestos Regulations of 2012 protects workers from the dangers of being around asbestos. This article will explain what Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations means for employers and employees. We will cover the requirements for asbestos awareness training. We will also look at non-licensable and licensable work that requires extra training.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 are a set of rules that took effect in the UK on April 6, 2012. They are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
These rules replaced the old asbestos laws and aligned UK law with EU standards.
Some of the most notable changes this legislation includes are:
Asbestos is a set of naturally occurring minerals commonly occurring in buildings which predate the year 2000. When asbestos is moved, its fibres get into the air and people working on the site and nearby can breathe it in. This can cause fatal diseases like asbestosis or lung cancer.
Asbestos control is the term for things done to keep workers and other people safe.
Asbestos is unlikely to cause harm to someone's health if it is not damaged. However, anyone at risk of exposure due to the nature of their work should undergo relevant training. They should know how to identify and avoid asbestos in their work.
Regulation 10 says that every employer must give their workers the right training if they are likely to be exposed to asbestos or if they supervise workers who are.
Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires employers to provide any employees at risk of exposure to asbestos with adequate information, instruction, and training. Employers must offer this regularly and adapt it to reflect changes in the work environment or practises.
It is important to note that more than a training course is needed to make an employee competent. Instead, employees use the skills and knowledge they learned in training to improve over time.
Refresher training should also be given once a year or more often if there are big changes at work, like a new way of doing things or a new piece of equipment.
There are three main types of information, instruction and training:
The specific kind of training a person receives, and its duration will depend on the following:
According to Regulation 10, all employees whose work puts them at risk of disturbing asbestos and those who supervise such work require asbestos awareness training. This awareness training should cover the following:
Regulation 10 requires asbestos training for non-licensable work when it is likely to disturb asbestos-containing materials. This training should include information on the following:
Employees who use equipment at work, like personal protective equipment or class H vacuum cleaners, should also be shown how to use it.
Licensable work with asbestos training is for employees likely to be exposed to asbestos regularly and in high volumes. The training for licensable work should include information on the following:
Practical training should cover the following:
Additionally, employers should offer training to those who supervise licensed asbestos workers to help them fulfil their role on the site. The training may include:
While holding a valid asbestos training certificate is not a legal requirement, it is a good way to demonstrate that you have been provided relevant training from an accredited organisation.
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