Asbestos Removal Training

Understanding Asbestos

Asbestos is a natural fibrous silicate mineral which was popularly used due to its highly incombustible nature which made it the ideal insulator in building materials for wall, sound, ceiling and floor insulation as well as the fireproofing of electrical wires and heat conducting elements such as plumbing.  The same fibres that do an excellent job of preventing the conduction of heat (due to their long thin structures) are also extremely volatile to decay and are easily released and made airborne. 

Once airborne the asbestos particulates become extremely hazardous to human health.  Asbestos is a very well known carcinogen and is understood to be cancer causing and the source of severe (and even life threatening) respiratory diseases.  A brief contact with asbestos on the skin can cause a serious reaction known as an “asbestos wart” and it is the very harmful nature of asbestos which has lead the international community to ban the substance (except in some developing nations such as India and China where it remains widely used).

Certification Required By Law

Legislation in the United Kingdom requires that all asbestos removal training is mandatory during any renovation or destruction project where the substance will be knowingly moved, broken or demolished.  The amount of training required varies depending on the specifics (and determined level of health threat) for the project.  For instance a surveyor or individual who inspects and retains a small sample of a material to test for the presence of asbestos would require minimal training in material handling.  However a contractor who will be executing a full removal of the substance (whether in residential or commercial environments) would be required to be fully licensed in asbestos removal training before proceeding.

While varying from one trade institution to another, asbestos removal training involves education in site survey, supervision, planning and health and safety.  As there are several different types of the fibre which require modified asbestos removal training to educate on the varied removal techniques.  The training is comprehensive and challenging but the rewards of certification in a trade field with growing demand and lucrative compensation make it a highly coveted among tradespersons.

Training

  • The mineral composition of asbestos.  The different types of asbestos fibres and the varied techniques of handling each.
  • Survey and inspection techniques for accurately identifying asbestos and bulk sampling.
  • Products manufactured using asbestos materials.  A study of the use and application of asbestos in commercial and residential construction.
  • Health and safety measures and emergency exposure protocols per the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • Preparation and removal techniques and equipment training.
  • Disposition of hazardous materials and governance.

Compensation

For a qualified technician the field of asbestos identification and removal can be highly lucrative.  Some examples of recent tenders include removal of a bath panel at a fee of £195.  Another project was listed as the removal of a kitchen and dining room ceiling for a fee of £750.  The duration of asbestos removal training is comprehensive but not lengthy allowing for a prompt entry into the trade.