Construction workers offered asbestos awareness course


A risk management firm is offering a free online training course aimed at helping construction workers refresh their knowledge of the risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

Lucion Services says the course takes up to an hour to complete and is easily accessible online, providing a quick and efficient refresher for those who need to be compliant with regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012).

Topics such as the properties of asbestos, health effects, asbestos materials in buildings, legislation and emergency procedures are covered in the course which has been designed for anyone who has taken part in a classroom-based UKATA Awareness Course in the previous 18 months. Upon successful completion certificates are awarded which are valid for 12 months.

Since launching the online training in November 2014, over 400 individuals from companies and organisations across the UK such as Carillion, British Gas, Northumbrian Water, Sir Robert McAlpine and Sodexo as well as staff from local authorities and universities have completed the course.

Ross Boulton, sustainability director at Lucion Training Services, explained, “Raising awareness of the risks of exposure to asbestos and on how people can protect themselves and others plays a key role in helping to reduce the incidence of asbestos related diseases. We recognise that not everyone can down tools to attend courses so we designed a short e-learning course that’s free and certified to make it as easy as possible for busy workers to keep their asbestos training current and in-line with industry regulations.”