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Asbestos awareness


Overview
The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an understanding of the risks of exposure to asbestos and how to avoid work which may disturb asbestos-containing materials.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry

Duration

Minimum 3 learning hours

Purpose/Scope

The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an understanding of the risks of exposure to asbestos and how to avoid work which may disturb asbestos-containing materials.The scope includes:

  • The properties of asbestos and its effects on health
  • The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in buildings and plant
  • How to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos
  • The distinction between licensable work and non-licensed work (notifiable and non-notifiable)
  • The procedures to follow with the discovery of asbestos containing materials
  • The general procedures to deal with an emergency, such as an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace.

Training delivered against this standard will not prepare candidates to carry out work with asbestos-containing materials.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • Operative and Craft
  • Supervision
  • Management
  • Leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction/Supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • A verifiable CV.

Delivery

Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • Classroom
  • E-learning
  • A blend of classroom and e-learning

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard. 

Approved training organisations will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

Recommended Refreshment: HSE, other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every year.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

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

See HSE website 'Why is asbestos dangerous?

 

List the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in buildings and plant

Outline how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos

See HSE website Managing and working with asbestos

 

Identify the difference between licensable work and non-licensed (notifiable and non-notifiable) work

Outline the procedures to follow on discovery of asbestos containing materials

See HSE website pdf: What to do if you discover or accidentally disturb asbestos during your work

 

Outline the general procedures to deal with an emergency, such as an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace

Additional information

Other organisations who work with asbestos awareness

ACAD (Asbestos Control and Abatement Division)

ARCA (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

HSE (Health and Safety Executive)

NFDC (National Federation of Demolition Contractors)

UKATA (UK Asbestos Training Association)

IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers)

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