Anyone who does work involving asbestos must be trained according to the Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos (ACOP). This includes cable guys, building washers, mechanics, chippies, sparkies and plumbers, and anyone else who runs the risk of disturbing asbestos while working in a building or on machinery built prior to 2000.
“PCBUs who commission, do work involving asbestos or allow such work to happen without ensuring the workers are trained are at risk of serious fines.”
If you have duties under the asbestos management plan, this workshop is for you
We deliver Asbestos Awareness training to people with responsibilities in the Asbestos Management Plan. This is a 2.5 hour workshop that is designed for people who need to understand and manage asbestos risks in the workplace, you’ll come away knowing how to protect your people and your clients’ interests with respect to the regulations and Health and Safety at Work Act . It includes:
- An overview of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the Asbestos regulations and ACOP
- Your role in identifying and managing asbestos risks as a representative of a PCBU with management and control over the workplace
- The requirements on PCBUs commissioning work involving asbestos v asbestos-related work
- The difference between Class A and Class B removal work, and the requirements of each
- Unlicensed asbestos-related work
- The role of the independent assessor
- Air monitoring – the requirements and the options
- What to look for when engaging removalists and other contractors
- Easy to follow decision trees designed by MCG, which have been approved by WorkSafe NZ
- Ways to verify the risks are being managed.
If you do unlicensed work involving asbestos, this workshop is for you
We also deliver a highly regarded 4.5 hour practical and interactive workshop for workers who do work involving asbestos, i.e. maintenance and servicing work. It includes much of the information in the 2.5 hour workshop, and covers the requirement of the ACOP to work safely with asbestos, including:
- The history and uses of asbestos
- Health implications following exposure to respirable asbestos fibres
- Setting up the work area
- Tools and equipment required to work safely with asbestos
- A video showing ways of suppressing and capturing asbestos-containing dust
- How to decontaminate oneself and tools
- How to safely dispose of asbestos waste.
Attendees have the opportunity to practise decontaminating themselves and try on respirator protection equipment.
The 2.5-hour workshop exceeds unit standard 2138 (Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety procedures) while the 4.5 hour course also meets US 30596 (Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety measures for asbestos-related work). Attendees receive evidence of their training so they can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning of each standard, to be credited toward an appropriate level 3 certificate or level 4 diploma qualification. We also provide workers with a wallet-sized card that they can show a WorkSafe inspector if one should turn up onsite.
Property and facilities managers highly value our courses because they come away knowing what “good” looks like and are more confident that they are equipped to manage their clients’ risks.
Email us or give us a call on 0800 44 00 70 if you would like to find out more about our asbestos training workshops or alternatively make a booking via the booking form below.