Asbestos exposure can be the cause of a variety of different life-threatening illnesses – it is because of this that proper asbestos awareness and/or removal training is so important.
Along with the general training requirements outlined as your primary duty of care (to provide information, instruction and training) in the Work Health and Safety Act (http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/fragview/inforce/act+10+2011+pt.2-div.2-sec.19+0+N?tocnav=y), there are also specific training requirements necessary before any asbestos work can be conducted.
Asbestos Awareness Training
If your employees are expected to come into contact with asbestos during their work (either during asbestos removal or indirectly during any other work), as a business, employer or any other PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking), you are legally obliged to ensure that both you and your workers take part in (and complete) an Asbestos Awareness Training course.
Even if you are not a company specifically dealing with asbestos removal (or any other work that is specifically related to asbestos), you are still expected to provide adequate asbestos training if naturally occurring asbestos or loose fill asbestos insulation is likely to be found at the site of work. It is crucial that both you and your employees are able to identify asbestos and effectively manage the many risks and hazards that are associated with it.
Asbestos Removal Training And Licences
The Work Health Safety Regulation 2011 specifies the different licences required for asbestos removals Sydney NSW as well as asbestos assessor work. The three relevant types of licenses are:
- Class A Asbestos Removal Licence
This allows a licence holder to remove both friable and non-friable asbestos, as well as ACD (Asbestos Contaminated Dust).
- Class B Asbestos Removal Licence
This allows a licence holder to remove only non-friable asbestos and the ACD that is associated with the removal of non-friable asbestos.
The above two licence types (Class A and Class B) are designed to protect workers who run the greatest risk of asbestos exposure, as well as to ensure that the asbestos removal procedures are carried out effectively, efficiently and safely for all those involved (workers and building occupants alike).
- Asbestos Assessor Licence
In order for an assessor to conduct air monitoring, clearance inspections and to dispatch clearance certificates for Class A asbestos removal work (friable asbestos removal), an individual is required to hold this licence. This licence exists to maintain a level consistency in the results of the various tests carried out by asbestos assessors, as well as to improve the accuracy of these results.
The Importance of Keeping Records
It is of the utmost importance that training records are kept while a worker is carrying out the work on asbestos. Records should be kept both during the work, as well as for the next five years after the job has been completed. These records should also be made available and accessible at the area of the asbestos removal.
Registered Training Organisations
There are several organisations and online sites that offer a variety of different asbestos training programmes. When you decide to undergo any kind of asbestos training and to apply for any kind of asbestos-related licence, be sure to check that the organisation you receive your training from is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has been registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).