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“Every employer shall ensure that adequate with the Approved Code of Practice you
information, instruction and training is must demonstrate that you have complied
given to those of his employees who are or with the law in some other way, to an
are liable to be exposed to asbestos or equal or better standard.
who supervise such employees...”
From the above it can be seen that asbestos
Therefore those who employ construction awareness training is a legal requirement
workers to carry out demolition or refurbish- for most employees and supervisors working
ment work have a legal duty to ensure that in the construction industry. In addition to
they have adequate information, instruction initial training, the Approved Code of
and training regarding asbestos, as those Practice which accompanies the Control of
tradesmen are always liable to be exposed Asbestos Regulations 2006 also states that
to asbestos as a result of the type of work refresher training should be given at least
they carry out. every year. Therefore, there is an ongoing
In fact the Approved Code of Practice
annual legal requirement for refresher
which accompanies the Control of Asbestos
training to be carried out for the identified
Regulations 2006 states that:
employees.
“Asbestos awareness training is required
ARCA is the leading supplier of asbestos
to be given to employees whose work
awareness training aimed at building and
could forseeably expose them to asbestos.
maintenance workers.
In particular it should be given to all demo- ARCA trainers have considerable experience
lition workers and those workers in the within the asbestos removal industry and
refurbishment, maintenance and allied understand the issues that are faced every
trades where it is foreseeable that their day. The range of courses which ARCA
work will disturb the fabric of the building have available is comprehensive. Each has
because asbestos containing materials been designed to ensure that your staff
(ACMS) may become exposed during their acquire a real depth of knowledge and
work. Exemption from this requirement capability.
would apply only where the employer can
To find out more or to arrange a no
demonstrate that work will only be carried
obligation meeting to discuss your
out on buildings free of ACMs. This infor-
employees’ asbestos awareness training
mation should be available in the client’s
needs please contact ARCA on
asbestos management plan”.
01283 531126.
An Approved Code of Practice has special
legal status; it is the accepted way of
complying with the law. If you do not comply
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