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Created On: 29 August 2015 01:16 PM
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 29 August 2015 01:16 PM
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JZN

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Has anyone done an "Asbestos Awareness Course" yet.

Apparently anyone expected to come into contact with asbestos in the course of their work is required to complete such a course. There's a list of likely professions here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/training.htm

I did the course recently as I regularly do work for a commercial client occupying buildings that contain asbestos. It was half a day and I learnt a fair bit from it.

I also have a list of electrical appliances, makes and models (heaters in particular) that contain asbestos. I'll pass that on via this forum if possible.

John.
 29 August 2015 03:22 PM
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alanblaby

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Yes, I recently did an 'online' course.
There are some points to be aware of, but most of it was common sense, which anyone with 20+ years of experience should already have.I was annoyed to find it only covers me for one year, so that'll be another £35 next year.
I can see younger people needing it.
The course was pretty basic, and it was hard to fail. A little like the one day Site Safety Plus H&S course, where it is virtually impossible to fail the 'test' - to call it a test is an insult, as the answers are spoon fed though the day, and you have a book to check the multiple choice questions anyway.
Just another money maker for the Provider.
 29 August 2015 05:13 PM
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JZN

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Yes, I noticed that the certificate was only valid for the year. Not sure why that should be. I'm not paying but don't really want another half day in a years time to be told stuff I already know and that hasn't changed.

John
 29 August 2015 11:37 PM
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sparkingchip

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One of my clients was prosecuted and fined for not training their staff.

Andy
 30 August 2015 07:06 PM
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spinlondon

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Yes, I did a course last year at a site where I was working.
Not aware of an expiry date.
I recently worked at a site where a plumber admitted to having forged a certificate. The same plumber was also witnessed drilling into a beam which had Asbestos warning stickers affixed.
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