Asbestos non-licensed operative
- Last updated: 13 April 2021
- Grant rate/tier: £30 (Tier 1)
- Grant code: GET2839
Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours per day
The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to undertake non-licensed work with asbestos including NNLW as defined in the approved code of practice (ACoP), currently L143 Second Edition, Regulation 10 - Training for non-licensable work. It is essential for recently trained employees, particularly those new to asbestos work, to consolidate their newly acquired skills and knowledge by putting them to use on the job. Supervisors and managers will play an important role in coaching these members of staff. Training on its own does not make people working with asbestos competent. Training must be consolidated so that the person becomes confident, skilful, and knowledgeable in practice on the job.
- properties of asbestos and its effects on health
- types, uses and occurrences
- the difference between licensed and non-licensed
- risk assessment and the purpose of the plan of work
- safe work practices, control and preventative measures
- recording, reporting and correcting defects
- respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
- hygiene and decontamination
- site set-up
- controlled removal techniques
- waste handling procedures
- site clean-up and clearance procedures
- emergency procedures
- requirements and procedures for medical examinations
- air monitoring
- other work hazards
- relevant regulations, ACoPs and guidance that apply to asbestos work
Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:
- operative and craft
Delegates should have previously completed Asbestos Awareness training in accordance with paragraph 235 of ‘Managing and working with asbestos – Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Approved Code of Practice and guidance’
As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:
- an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
- successfully completed training to this standard
- at least 3 years relevant industrial experience
- a verifiable CV
Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment. Practical training must be in a safe environment.
Training providers must ensure that the course content and delivery meet the requirements set out in ACoP L143, paragraphs 235 - 251.
All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.
The following practical equipment must be available during the training course:
- a fully functioning Decontamination Unit (including functioning hot shower, disposable towels, nail brush, shower gel)
- PPE (coveralls, disposable underwear, transit shoes)
- RPE (full face and ori nasal RPE kits)
- equipment for control techniques (Class H vacuum cleaner, safe access equipment, wetting equipment (killa sprays etc), installed simulated materials based upon range of tasks to be undertaken, waste bags, tac rags, multi needle wet strip injection machine
The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must not be more than 10:1 to allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.
The following delivery method should be used in the delivery of this standard:
- a blend of classroom and remote
This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical learning.
This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.
For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course knowledge and practical assessment. The assessment must cover all learning outcomes.
Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 30 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%.
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 (ATOs) 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.
Refresher training for non-licensable operatives should be given every year, or more frequently if:
- work methods change
- the type of equipment used to control exposure changes
- the type of work carried out changes significantly
- gaps in competency are identified
30 November 2020
On request or 3 years from approval date.
|The delegate will be able to:||Additional guidance to support learning outcome:|
|state the properties of asbestos and its effects on health||
|list the types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos||
|describe how to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos|
|recognise the difference between licensed work, non-licensed work (NLW) and notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW)||
|state the procedures to follow on discovery of asbestos containing materials|
|describe the general procedures to deal with an emergency||
|explain how to interpret and amend a plan of work for non-licensed activities||
|demonstrate the correct use, cleaning, maintenance and safe storage of RPE and PPE||
|explain why a good seal between the face and RPE is required||
|explain the importance of hygiene requirements|
|describe requirements and procedures for medical examinations for NNLW|
|carry out decontamination procedures|
|demonstrate state waste handling procedures||
|undertake the removal of a simulated ACM||
|undertake site clean-up and clearance procedures||
|recognise other work hazards and explain how to control, record and report them||
|explain their responsibilities as a Non-Licensed Operative, and those of their supervisor and employer|
|list the relevant regulations, ACoP and guidance that apply to asbestos work, and other regulations that deal with the carriage and disposal of asbestos||
Additional information about this standard
- ACAD (Asbestos Control and Abatement Division): http://acad.tica-acad.co.uk/
- ARCA (Asbestos Removal Contractors Association: http://www.arca.org.uk/
- HSE (Health & Safety Executive): http://www.hse.gov.uk/
- NFDC (National Federation of Demolition Contractors): http://demolition-nfdc.com/
- UKATA (UK Asbestos Training Association): http://www.ukata.org.uk/
- ACoP L143 (Managing and working with asbestos): http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l143.pdf
- IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers): https://www.iatp.org.uk/