Asbestos Management Course in Devon

This is a classroom and site based “hands–on” course for contract and site managers in control of construction sites where asbestos may be present and / or asbestos removal works are to be carried out. The course is heavily asbestos management based and will ensure that delegates are fully acquainted with the risks to site operatives and others that might arise from asbestos due to management failure. The emphasis will be upon the asbestos contractor / site manager relationship and to this end the delegates will be trained to identify the problems faced by asbestos contractors on site, and the role that he (the site manager) has to play.

Objectives: To enable project and site managers to be fully aware of:

  • The scale of the asbestos problem with regard to the construction industry.
  • The requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
  • The levels of competence required of Asbestos Surveyors and Analysts.
  • The significance of “Management” and “Demolition /Refurbishment” Surveys, with possible limitations on their credibility based upon caveats inserted by the surveyor.
  • Under what circumstances each type of survey would be appropriate, and when the survey would need to be upgraded.
  • What he can expect from the asbestos removal contractor and how to recognise both good and bad practice by the contractor.
  • What the asbestos contractor will reasonably expect of the site manager.
  • Understanding the significance of relevant documentation, in particular the Asbestos “Plan of Work”.
  • Duties of the site Manager whilst asbestos removal work is taking place on his site.
  • The Health and Safety Executive approach.

The course is split into classroom and on-site training, and includes

Morning Session - Classroom Based

    1. Health and Safety Law. A brief overview of:
  • The duties of employers, self-employed, employees and persons in control of non – domestic premises under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, but only as a means of introducing the topic of risk assessment.
  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations with regard to employers duties, and, in particular, the duty of persons in control of non – domestic premises to manage asbestos.
  • The Construction (Design and Management) regulations with emphasis on the roles of the principal contractor and contractors.
    2. Asbestos Awareness Course Refresher to include:
  • Asbestos Containing Materials
  • Suspicion / Recognition
  • Possible locations
  • A risk assessment module is included with regard to High Risk / Low Risk asbestos containing materials.
    3. Asbestos Surveys – Which Type? And When? The significance of each.
    4. Demolition (Fully Intrusive) Survey
  • What does it involve?
  • When?
  • By Who?
  • Adequate?
  • Caveats?
  • Questions to ask!
    5. Recent Changes to the way in which surveys are managed with regard to the HSE Guidance document “Asbestos: The Survey Guide”
    6. Licensed asbestos contractors – What should the site manager expect?
  • All the same?
  • Recognising Good Practice – Bad Practice
  • Removal Techniques – Which one?
    7. What can the licensed contractor expect on site?
    8. Documentation The “Plan of Work”

Afternoon Session - Site Based

    9. Delegates will:
  • Learn about the construction and use of an asbestos removal enclosure and the systems of work carried on within.
  • Witness a “smoke test” to enable them to accept that the enclosure is fully sealed.
  • Enter the enclosure to witness operatives in full protective clothing carrying out removal work (this will not in reality be asbestos.)
  • Walk the asbestos waste transport route and enter a decontamination unit, witnessing the 3 – stage operations undertaken inside.
  • Witness the safe bagging and disposal of asbestos.
  • Be well informed of the carrying out of a 4–stage air test prior to the work area being taken back into use.

The course will be Pass /Fail. To achieve the 75 % pass mark delegates will be required to undertake an end of Course Assessment (20 questions covering the course) (40% of the overall assessment mark), and to undertake a project requiring him to critically analyse a Demolition Survey report (60% of the overall assessment mark).

The course is tutor led, but delegates will be required to complete a series of learner–centred workshops using supplied course reference material. Copies of HSE codes of practice and guidance will be exhibited and referred to during the session.