Asbestos non-licensed removal operative

This standard demonstrates the elements needed to provide delegates with the theoretical and practical skills to undertake non-licensed work with asbestos

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


To provide delegates with the theoretical and practical skills 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.

On successful completion of this course, delegates should be able to safely work on non-Licensed materials.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • properties of asbestos
  • effects on health
  • types, uses and occurrences
  • licensed and non-licensed
  • discovery
  • uncontrolled release
  • plans of work
  • preventive controls
  • assessments of the risk
  • air monitoring
  • safe working practices
  • control measures
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • recording and reporting
  • correcting defects
  • hygiene requirements
  • medical examination
  • decontamination procedures
  • waste handling procedures
  • emergency procedures
  • notification
  • regulations
  • sampling
  • other hazards

Occupational relevance

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

  • Operative

Candidate pre-requisites

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


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 e.g. NVQ level 3 award in learning and development or higher
  • 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.

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 following practical equipment must be available during the training course:

  • PPE (coveralls)
  • RPE (ori nasal /FFP3 )
  • equipment for control techniques (Class H vacuum cleaner safe access equipment, wetting equipment (killa-sprays etc) waste bags, tac-rags

The following practical equipment may be required and made available during the training course:

  • a fully functioning Hygiene Unit (including functioning hot shower, disposable towels, nail brush, shower gel)
  • equipment and materials for mini-enclosure construction (staplers, tape, spray glue, polythene, craft knives, timber frames, airlock frames, signage, negative pressure unit, smoke machine, preliminary decontamination equipment)

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: 

  • a mixture of classroom and demonstration and practice

Where any employees are required to use the following plant and equipment or carry out the following work activities then practical training must be given:

  • use of decontamination facilities
  • use of PPE, particularly RPE
  • construction of mini-enclosures where necessary
  • use of control techniques, such as Type H vacuum cleaner.

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


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 (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 asbestos non-licensed 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.

It should include reviewing where things have gone wrong and sharing good practice.

Where training needs dictate, refresher training should include an appropriate element of practical training, particularly covering use of decontamination facilities, use of PPE, particularly RPE, use of control techniques.

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:

  • Identify the properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke
  • 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
  • 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
  • Outline the general procedures to deal with an emergency, such as an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace
  • Interpret and amend a plan of work for non-licensed (including NNLW) activities.
  • The operations which could result in asbestos exposure and the importance of preventive controls to minimise exposure.
  • How to make suitable and sufficient assessments of the risk of exposure to asbestos.
  • The control limit, and the purpose of air monitoring.
  • Safe work practices, control measures, and protective equipment. Including an understanding of how the correct use and maintenance 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 including, where relevant, the maintenance of enclosures.
  • Procedures for recording, reporting and correcting defects.
  • The purpose, appropriate choice and correct selection from a range of suitable RPE, including any limitation.
  • The correct use, and where relevant, cleaning, maintenance and safe storage of RPE and PPE, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and information.
  • The importance of achieving and maintaining a good seal between face and RPE, the relevance of pre-use tests and FFTs, and the importance of being clean-shaven.
  • Hygiene requirements.
  • Requirements and procedures for medical examination for NNLW.
  • Decontamination procedures.
  • Waste handling procedures.
  • Emergency procedures, including how to deal with an emergency release.
  • Which work requires notification as NNLW and which work requires an HSE licence.
  • An introduction to the relevant regulations, ACOPs and guidance that apply to asbestos work and other regulations that deal with the carriage and disposal of asbestos.
  • Personal sampling and leak and clearance sampling techniques, for analysts.
  • Other work hazards, including working at height, electrical, slips, trips and falls, where this is applicable to the work being done.
  • Recognise hazards associated with the workplace that have not been previously controlled and understand how to record and report them.
  • Work responsibly and understand the importance of following organisational policies and procedures to contribute to workplace health, safety and welfare.
  • Comply with and support all organisational security arrangements and approved procedures.
  • Follow organisational procedures to plan the sequence of work.
  • Maintain relevant records in accordance with the organisational procedures
  • Maintain good working relationships and communicate with others to contribute to productive working practices.
  • Maintain safe working practices following resource information when moving, handling and/or storing resources
  • Select the required quantity and quality of resources throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.
  • Prevent the risk of damage to occupational resources and surrounding environment throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.
  • Maintain safe and healthy working practices throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.
  • Comply with the given contract information and complete the work on time throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.
  • Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.
  • Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance throughout a hazardous waste removal activity.