I am an employee, what do I need to know?
If the work you do means that you are likely to come into contact or disturb Asbestos Containing Material (ACMs) your employer MUST ensure that you are trained in Asbestos Awareness as a minimum requirement.
This usually means either attending training or carrying out an online course to inform you of the facts and how to ensure you and those around you are not exposed to asbestos and ensure that your client and the business are complaint.
As you are employed it is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this training as part of their duty to provide information, instruction and training about the risks of Asbestos in your workplace. Supervisors, Managers and those arranging work must also ensure that they understand the risks from Asbestos in the work area.
Training should be completed BEFORE you start work unless you have already had training from a previous employer. This training should be refreshed at regular intervals to ensure that employees remain aware of the risks associated with Asbestos and to ensure compliance.
Workers that need this training includes, but are not limited to:
- Demolition workers
- Construction workers
- General maintenance staff
- Gas fitters
- Painters and decorators
- Shop fitters
- Heating and ventilation engineers
- Telecommunication engineers
- Computer and data installers
- Fire and burglar alarm installers
- Architects, building surveyors and other such professionals.