Nichol Associates

Nichol Associates

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e-learning takes the heat and hassle out of modern asbestos training

North East based asbestos specialists Nichol Associates has announced yet another addition to the training arm of its business, in the form of fully accessible Computer Based Training (CBT), better known as e-learning. Courses can be found at the training area of our website. 

The news comes in the wake of the announcement last month that a £70,000 investment grant from the Finance for Business North East Growth Fund has enabled the Hebburn based firm to construct a state of the art £70,000 asbestos training simulator. It is envisaged the new e-learning facility will compliment this development, allowing a holistic training service to be offered.

“When it comes to teaching safe handling of asbestos, there is no alternative to hands-on training, which is why we built the simulator,” said Nichol Associates Managing Director Dave Nichol. “But for basic asbestos awareness, e-learning makes sense. The asbestos awareness message needs to be spread far and wide and e-learning can take it worldwide to anyone with internet access.”

While there are no substitutes for a programme of education with a qualified instructor or training simulator, CBT is an ideal way to deliver basic asbestos training and has received the blessing of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which has led Nichol Associates to develop online services in conjunction with Ferncroft Environmental, bringing asbestos training into the 21st century.

Massively reduced costs and flexibility are big advantages. The chosen course or courses can be undertaken from the comfort of your own office, home or anywhere with an internet connection, so no more downtime away from the office, no travel expenses and instant certification at the end of it.

“For those who just need primary asbestos awareness, e-learning is the perfect solution,” added Dave. “It can also be the ideal primer to more-in-depth courses, so you arrive in the classroom or simulator already knowing the basics and ready to move up quickly to advanced course levels.”

Asbestos is the biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK and far too many (deliberately or unwittingly) flout the law and asbestos regulations – risking their own lives and the lives of others in the process. While there is an inevitable time and cost associated with professional training, the advent of e-learning means excuses for not having the right awareness training are wearing thin.

An e-learning course can be taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply go to the website, select e-learning and follow the on-screen instructions. E-learning compliments existing surveying, removal and consultancy services, plus fully functional analytical testing service and laboratory already offered by Nichol Associates allowing the company to boast the best asbestos training facilities to be found anywhere in the UK.

Finding asbestos that must be removed means employing contractors who are fully trained in how to do so safely. Nichol Associates has spent years training the next generation of asbestos removal specialists and advising organisations throughout the country on such matters although anyone in any doubt can consult the company’s website at for advice.

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