Everything You Need To Know About UKATA

What is the UKATA?

The UKATA are the UK Asbestos Training Association. Since 2008, the UKATA have been regulating, auditing and managing the list of asbestos training providers throughout the UK.

The UKATA formed after they realised that the standard of training provided by the list of Asbestos Training Providers under the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) needed improving.

The UKATA held their first meeting and inaugural speech on September 2007, and in 2008 the HSE passed the responsibility of maintaining the quality of asbestos training by licensed asbestos providers and workplaces dealing with asbestos over to The UKATA.

What is the aim of the UKATA?

The (UKATA) have four clear aims when it comes to asbestos training providers. These are:

  • “To maintain the prominent acclaim established within the asbestos industry and wider community.
  • As the asbestos industry’s most eminent training association, continue to uphold its internationally recognised high standards of training and welcome new members who meet these exacting standards.
  • Continue to build the UKATA trademark for the supreme benefit of all its members by continuing to work within the guidelines of current legislation as an absolute minimum.
  • Continue to forge effective links with our trade partners and ¬†industry stakeholders.”

What types of training do UKATA support?

It is a legal requirement to provide asbestos training to every worker or business person who might come across asbestos during their day-to-day working life. If employees are intentionally working with asbestos (builders, contractors, plumbers and so on), then they must have adequate training in order to minimise risk of asbestos exposure during the specific tasks they’re undertaking.

Asbestos Awareness Training

If you are working on building that was built or refurbished before 2000 and you have no intention of removing any asbestos that might be present, then you will need asbestos awareness training so you can avoid the risks, and reduce your chances of disturbing the asbestos – if certain types of asbestos are inhaled, they can cause severe health problems later on in the future. You should provide Asbestos Awareness Training to employees whose work will foreseeably disturb the structure of a building and expose them to asbestos.

Non Licensable Work with Asbestos

Non Licensable Work with Asbestos training is designed for those who know that they will work with low-risk types of asbestos during their day-to-day working life, and have an increased chance of disturbing it. This includes maintenance workers and their supervisors, and those who carry out asbestos sampling and analysis.

Licensable Work with Asbestos

Licensable Work with Asbestos Training is a requirement for companies with a HSE License who carry out work with asbestos or remove high risk asbestos. Alongside Asbestos Awareness, people who are carrying out ‘licensable work’ require additional task-specific information, instruction and training.

Asbestos in Soils Awareness

Asbestos in Soils Awareness training should be given to employees who work on projects to redevelop brownfield sites and sites that were once occupied by industrial buildings that were demolished. This is because there is a strong chance that the work being undertaken on these sites will disturb the soils and expose them to the high-risk asbestos and other materials that were once dormant in the ground. UKATA also provide Asbestos in Soils training for Supervisors, Managers, and CDM Duty Holders. This type of training helps them understand their legal obligations, and highlight the dangers of asbestos and they way it can affect a person’s physical and mental health.

Duty to Manage

Managers of non-domestic premises have a duty of care and a responsibility to protect people who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks related to exposure from asbestos. The Duty to Manage – Appointed Person is tailored for one person who is responsible for buildings containing asbestos.

RPE Competent Person

The Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Competent Person course designed for those who are responsible for the selection, use, maintenance and the record keeping for employees RPE. This includes employers, supervisors, health and safety representatives and elected company representatives.

Why Choose a UKATA Training Provider?

Online Asbestos offer UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training Courses. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose UKATA online asbestos training with Online Asbestos

  • Presentation materials, exam papers, course handouts and trainers are assessed against our core syllabus by a UKATA competent independent Verifier.
  • Tutors have regular Tutor Knowledge tests by the UKATA Online Tutor Registration “OTR” system.
  • Course Management and Tutor presentation Skills are audited
  • All UKATA Training Providers produce training certificates via the UKATA Certificate Generator, providing a unique certificate number.

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