Who needs asbestos awareness training?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), every employer must ensure anybody likely to encounter asbestos while working, or an inidividual that supervises those employees, receives an appropairate level of training so they can work safely and without risk to their health from exposure to asbestos fibres.

Workers and supervisors must be able to recognise asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and know what to do if they come across them.

Asbestos awareness training is one part of that education.

Courses devised by the Asbestos Awareness Certificate Company, approved by the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), target workers that may disturb asbestos - or an item that might contain it.

A list of job roles that need asbestos awareness training includes:

  • General maintenance workers
  • Electricians 
  • Plumbers
  • Joiners
  • Plasterers 
  • Painters and decorators
  • Construction workers
  • Roofers
  • Shop fitters
  • Gas fitters
  • Heating and ventilation engineers
  • Demolition workers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Computer and data installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

There will be other occupations where asbestos might be discovered besides the ones mentioned above.

Self-employed workers should make sure they have the right level of instruction to protect themselves and to guarantee others are not put at risk from their activities. 

There is no legal requirement for employees to posess a certificate of training before they can work with asbestos. However, the asbestos awareness certification we provide can form part of an individuals training record and can help demonstrate their knowledge and experience if they change employer.