Asbestos training

We offer training courses and options based on varying degrees of interaction and the types of asbestos containing materials

Asbestos training covers both information on asbestos containing materials as well as instructions for when dealing with the materials on site.

EMS offer various training courses and options based on varying degrees of interaction and the types of asbestos containing materials. We also offer a range of remote, in-person and online versions of training courses. These include;

Asbestos Awareness Training - (Half Day Course)

Asbestos Awareness Refresher (Online or Speaker Lead)

Work With Non-Licensed Materials - (Half Day Course)

EMS also hold popular lunchtime CPD Training sessions which can be booked to cover a topic of your choice. Popular topics include:

Information on updates to regulations

Asbestos Management & Asbestos Management Plans

Asbestos In Soils

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Why is Asbestos Awareness Training Required?

Asbestos awareness training is a requirement for anyone whose work could potentially expose them to asbestos, including project managers.

Asbestos awareness training is mandatory for all workers in demolition trades and those in the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades such as electricians, plumbers, engineers, building maintenance managers or construction workers who could potentially be exposed to asbestos containing materials during their work.

During intrusive work, asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) may become exposed, it is important the worker knows what to look for and the correct measures to reduce exposure if this happens.

Exemption from asbestos awareness only applies where employers demonstrate work will only be carried out on buildings free of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). This information should be available in the client’s Asbestos Management Plan.

What Asbestos Training Does EMS Offer?

EMS offers asbestos awareness training that covers the following topics in through both written and oral presentation:

The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke

The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and ACM’s in buildings and plant

The general procedures to be followed to deal with an emergency, for example an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace.

How to avoid the risks from asbestos. For example, the fabric of a building should not be disturbed unless the employer confirms no asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) are present

Asbestos awareness training can be tailored to suit the individuals attending the course however the HSE set out the mandatory criteria that must be included in the course content.

We are happy to add focus and include your own asbestos survey or specific examples related to your trade (e.g. window replacements).

Asbestos Awareness courses delivered by EMS include an introduction to working with asbestos and extended discussions about the legal aspects and asbestos management.

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Asbestos Awareness Refresher Training

Asbestos Awareness Training must be kept up to date and it is a requirement that training must be refreshed at a minimum of every twelve months.

EMS offers refresher courses which can be delivered at our training premises or at a venue of your choice.

EMS is also able to offer The online course and test can be completed within an hour, using any internet enabled device and will result in you receiving certification upon successful completion of the test at the end of the course.

The course can be purchased as a one off using our one click-to-buy system and can also be used for multiple users in a corporate setting to allow multiple users access to the course and test.

Asbestos Training for Non-Licensed Work

Asbestos Training for Non-Licensed Work is for those who undertake planned work with asbestos which is not licensable. These types of works can include roofers or demolition workers removing asbestos cement sheets in good condition which would be classified as non-licensed asbestos removal work.

Non-licensed asbestos training is also for those who may disturb asbestos containing materials such as maintenance workers, demolition workers and those works in the refurbishment and allied trades where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the fabric of the building such as electricians, plumbers, builders, engineers, life engineers and CDM Coordinators.

It also applies to those who carry out asbestos sampling and analysis and should be given in addition to asbestos awareness training for these individuals.

Non-Licensed asbestos training covers the following topics

1. The operations which could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventive controls to minimise exposure

2. How to make suitable and sufficient assessments of the risk of exposure to asbestos

3. The control limit and the purpose of air monitoring

4. Safe work practices, control measures and protective equipment including an explanation on how the correct use of control measures, protective equipment and work methods can reduce the risks from asbestos, limit exposure to workers and limit the spread of asbestos fibres outside the work area

5. The maintenance of control measures and where relevant the maintenance of enclosures

6. Procedures for recording, reporting and correcting defects

7. The appropriate purpose, choice and correct selection from a range of suitable RPE including any limitations

8. The correct use and where relevant, cleaning, maintenance and safe storage of RPE and PPE, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and information

9. The importance of achieving and maintaining a good seal between face and RPE, the relevance of fit tests, and the importance of being clean-shaven

10. Hygiene requirements such as facial hair

11. Decontamination procedures

12. Waste collection and handling procedures

13. Emergency procedures such as asbestos fibre release

14. Which work requires an HSE licence

15. An introduction to the relevant Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and guidance that apply to asbestos work and other Regulations that deal with the carriage and disposal of asbestos

16. For analysts, personal sampling and leak and clearance sampling techniques

17. Other work hazards including working at height, electrical, slips, trips and falls

Practical Asbestos Training

Where any employees are required to use the following plant and equipment or carry out the following work activities then practical training should be given. EMS is also able to offer practical training on site to cover topics including:

Use of PPE, especially RPE

And the use of control techniques, such as Class H vacuum cleaners (BS EN 60335) and Wetting Techniques

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In addition to the above courses, EMS can also offer bespoke training tailored to meet the individual needs of those attending the course and business requirements

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