The Asbestos in Soils Awareness course is required to be given to employees whose work could foreseeably expose them to asbestos. In particular, it should be given to all people employed on projects to redevelop brownfield sites and or sites that have previously been occupied by industrial buildings that have been demolished, where it is foreseeable that their work will disturb the soils and ground on site and may expose them to ACMs that may be present within the soils on site. Exemption from this requirement would apply only where the employer can demonstrate that work will only be carried out on sites in which soils are free from risk of airborne fibres.
Supervisors and trades personnel, including trainees, such as but not limited to: site managers/supervisors/agents. site remediation employees, construction workers, ground workers, plant and machinery operators, utility installers/maintainers and other such professionals.
Architects, building surveyors, designers (including principal designers) and other such professionals may require a more developed course which includes the core syllabus in this course, together with an additional module which includes the interaction between the various duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 and those within Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The duration of the training can be divided into three categories;
ASA1) Initial training with no previous asbestos awareness training undertaken: The expected duration for this training will be 1 day or a minimum of 6 learning hours,this training must include the asbestos awareness element as laid down in the asbestos awareness syllabus.
ASA2) Initial training with previous UKATA certified asbestos awareness training within 6 months of the start date: Verification of the asbestos awareness training will be undertaken and must not be more than six months from the date of the asbestos awareness training, should the asbestos awareness training fall outside of this term then ASA1 training will be required. The expected duration for this training will be a minimum of 3 learning hours.
ASA3) Refresher training should be considered if work methods change or gaps in competency have been identified by means of carrying out a TNA. It is important to note that Reg 10 of the ACoP requires employers to ensure that anyone who supervises employees who are liable to disturb asbestos during their work receive the correct level of information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their work safely and competently and without risk to themselves or others.