As a Chartered Building Consultancy we provide guaranteed, high quality, essential Health and Safety training courses services. Our philosophy is always to provide highly professional and collaborative services which meet your exact needs while always being great value for money.
- a range of essential health and safety training courses.
- specific to the construction and maintenance industry.
- tailored to meet the needs of our clients.
- qualified trainers with extensive industry experience.
Asbestos awareness and management training courses
Up to 500,000 commercial, industrial and public buildings in the UK are likely to contain asbestos materials. Unless this material is properly managed then workers, especially maintenance workers and contractors, may breathe in the deadly fibres whilst carrying out their routine jobs.
In the UK the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 places a legal duty on those parties responsible for maintaining and repairing the premises, (owners, managing agents, employers, self-employed), to manage the risk from asbestos.
In particular the duty holder must:
- Take reasonable steps to find materials in premises likely to contain asbestos and check their condition.
- Presume that materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary.
- Make a written record of the location and condition of asbestos and presumed asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Keep this record up to date.
- Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to these materials.
- Prepare a plan to manage that risk and put it into effect.
Asbestos: The Survey Guide (HSG264)
In 2010, the Health & Safety Executive launched a new asbestos guidance document which includes important regulatory changes for the way asbestos surveys are planned and delivered. The guide replaces and expands on the surveying industry standard- ‘MDHS100: Surveying, sampling and the assessment of asbestos containing materials’.
The new guidance assists asbestos surveyors, as well as providing advice for those who are required to implement and manage asbestos under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012) in non-domestic premises.
There are two types of survey: the ‘Management Survey’ and the ‘Refurbishment and Demolition Survey’. The new surveys are more self-explanatory and promote better liaison between surveyor and duty holder pre-survey to ensure accurate and useable survey information.
The importance of a Management Plan
A written plan must be prepared to ensure that as far as reasonably practicable no one can come to harm from asbestos on the premises. The plan can be a paper copy or in a version accessible from a computer database. In particular the plan must include the following elements:
- An organization structure with clear lines of responsibility.
- A survey of the premises to locate and assess ACMs. The results of the survey must be recorded in an easily retrievable form, which can then be used to make a risk assessment. In turn this can be used to draw up the remedial part of the management plan.
- A procedure for ensuring that asbestos containing materials are inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are kept in a good state of repair.
- If necessary repair or remove any asbestos containing material due to its condition or location.
- Provide information on the location and condition of asbestos containing materials to anyone potentially at risk.
- Label or colour code ACMs.
- Define and use safe systems of work. This may include a permit to work system.
- Review the management plan at least every 6 months.
M4 Property Solutions Asbestos Management training Services
We will develop and train you to maintain a personalised UKAS accredited Asbestos Management Plan for your organisation consisting of;
- An Asbestos policy and a procedures document for each site.
- Regular surveying and bulk sampling:
- Risk Assessment Survey – Location & assessment survey (presumptive survey)
- Management Survey – Standard sampling, identification and assessment survey
- Refurbishment and Demolition Survey – Full access sampling and identification survey (pre-demolition)
- Condition reports
- Risk management programmes
The management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
The survey will often involve intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, and will include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way.
This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing ACMs as it will identify the materials, which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. Although it can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
The refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned.
The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.
- Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 2006
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2004
- HSG 264
- The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
Designed to meet the HSE requirements for Category B Asbestos Training.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 prevents anyone from removing Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) unless they have received the correct training which details how such work should be undertaken.
Non licensed asbestos removal training is particularly useful for people involved in Housing Maintenance, Refurbishments & Demolitions. Instead of having to sub-contract some non licensed asbestos removal work to specialist asbestos removal companies, you will be able to undertake the work in house.
Training takes 1-2 full days and includes practical aspects. Upon completion of the course, a certificate valid from either UKATA or M4 Property Solutions will be issued , compliant with HSE guidance.
Non Licensed Asbestos Removal Training covers the following topics:
- Introduction to asbestos;
- Legislation and codes of practice;
- Selection care and use of PPE and RPE;
- Prevention and reduction of exposure of employees to asbestos fibres;
- Asbestos types and use;
- Control limits and air monitoring;
- Emergency procedures;
- Hygiene and decontamination procedures;
- Health effects of asbestos exposure;
- Safe working practices;
- Waste handling and disposal;
- Other workplace hazards;
Our popular fire safety courses cover the following core elements:
- Principles of fire and the ‘triangle of fire’
- Passive and active fire protection systems
- Sources of combustion and ignition
- Extinguisher types, application and use on site
- Good practice on site to reduce fire risk and spread
Fire Marshall training and extinguisher use – practical and engaging sessions
- Courses are tailored for small groups of up to 10 people
- Practice in handling and operating fire fighting equipment on real fires
- Courses are run at your site after a risk assessment
- Our courses give confidence to those with fire marshall duties
Delivered by CIEH trained and certified trainers
- Definitions, statistics and the benefits of using the correct technique
- Basic principles in manual handling for construction and maintenance personnel
- Practical discussion and demonstrations relevant to your business
- Relevant handouts and course material
COSHH or Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Delivered by CIEH qualified trainers and experienced practitioners
Content of a typical course…
- What are the COSHH regulations;
- How do the COSHH regulations affect your business?
- Completing a practical assessment;
- Record keeping;
- COSHH and REACH regulations explained;
- Relevant handouts and course materials.
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