To provide candidates with practical knowledge and skills to manage asbestos in buildings and to provide a basic knowledge of asbestos removal procedures.
Asbestos management in buildings
Candidates for this course are expected to be aware of the contents of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and in particular Regulation 4 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice and guidance L143 Managing and working with asbestos.
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Discuss the basic concepts of this enabling legislation with particular reference to employers' responsibilities for asbestos.
Health and Safety Regulations
Review all the relevant current Regulations on asbestos:
- Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, especially the duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises.
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
- Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.
- The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Approved Codes of Practice
- Discuss the provisions of the Approved Codes of Practice for the CAR and the status of the ACOP. (1)
- Consider the management of asbestos removal projects, with particular attention being paid to legal duties imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Control of Asbestos Regulations and the various Codes of Practice which apply. (1) (6) (7)
Health Effects of Asbestos
Describe the full range of health effects ranging from the benign (pleural plaques) to the terminal (mesothelioma) in the light of results from epidemiological studies carried out on asbestos workers.
Management of Asbestos in Buildings
Types and Uses of Asbestos in Buildings
- Use the HSE (2) and/or the DETR (3) as a primary source of information on products and their locations in buildings.
- Explain the physical and chemical properties of asbestos which have determined the use to which it has been put by industry.
- Discuss the three types of asbestos which have found significant commercial use (amosite, chrysotile and crocidolite) in relation to sprayed and thermal insulation, insulating boards, coatings, cement products and other reinforced products (e.g. vinyl tiles, roofing felts) commonly used in building construction.
- Discuss the uses and composition of other asbestos products likely to be used or found inside buildings on plant, machinery or domestic appliances (e.g. textiles, friction materials, seals, gaskets etc.).
- Describe the use and occurrence of the other types of asbestos particularly as possible contaminants in other minerals.
Recording and Labelling
Outline the need for systems of recording and labelling asbestos identified as being present in buildings and the procedures for preventing damage to asbestos-containing materials.
Reporting and Management Plan
Conversion of asbestos survey report data into a proper working asbestos register with action plan and programmed reviewing. Full understanding of the principles and practice of material and priority assessments.
Emphasise the need for the maintenance of asbestos registers and the use of all management actions to minimise exposure to asbestos in buildings, including permits to work to control the work of sub-contractors/maintenance operatives.
- Discuss the steps required in a job specification, preparation of a plan of work by the contractor, tender evaluation and the various roles required under the CDM Regulations for management of the site.
- Include health and safety aspects including emergency procedures.
With reference to HSE Guidance Notes and Approved Codes of Practice, describe with practical examples the following:
- Correct principles of design, erection, and operation of an enclosure for asbestos removal.
- Methods of enclosure examination and the documentation associated with the enclosure.
- Correct facilities and procedures for entry, exit and decontamination.
- The use of negative pressure monitors.
- Use of secondary enclosures.
- Techniques for encapsulation of asbestos-containing materials.
- Techniques for sealing asbestos-containing materials.
Describe the various control measures available to a remediation company to ensure that asbestos waste is fully contained, and dust levels are kept as low as is reasonably practicable inside the enclosure.
Describe the requirements for removal, storage and disposal of waste from an enclosure.
Role of the Laboratory/Analyst
Role of Analyst
- Describe the role of the analyst as a competent person/consultant.
- Understand the requirements for quality management systems in accordance with ISO17025 and accreditation by UKAS.
Air Monitoring and Other Techniques
- Identify the various stages where air monitoring must be employed and discuss other inspection techniques such as the dust lamp, smoke tubes, negative pressure monitors which are also useful for checking of the effectiveness of the work and the control measures.
- Discuss the qualitative and quantitative limitations of microscopy methods for counting asbestos fibres.
Four- Stage Clearance Procedure and Testing of Enclosures
Discuss all of the essential requirements of four- stage clearance procedure, clearance testing and reoccupation certification for an asbestos enclosure and the decontamination unit.
Pre-start and post remediation Inspections
- Understand how to carry out inspections of an enclosure and hygiene unit both prior to works and post remediation.
- This should include smoke testing, checks on paperwork and method statements.
Understand the roles played by the various parties including the client, contractor's contract manager and supervisor, HSE Inspector/EHO, analyst and TU representative, etc.
- Be able to assess the components of method statements that have been submitted by a contractor for a project.
- Be able to offer appropriate advice.
Survey and Action Plan
- Be able to convert survey data into an action plan.
- This must include detailed understanding of the principles and application of material and priority assessments.
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