Do I Need the Duty to Manage Asbestos Training? How Long Does It take and How Much Does it Cost?
Whenever we are asked the question “do I need the duty to manage asbestos training?”, we must ask a few questions so that we can give the right advice. If we find that the training is needed, then next question is “how long does it take?.
To better help our customers I have put this short article together to help answer these questions as quickly as possible.
Who is responsible for asbestos safety in buildings?
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 contains Regulation 4 which is “The duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. The person with duty to manage asbestos is called the ‘duty-holder’. This person under the regulations has a legal duty and obligation to comply with the law.
The duty to manage asbestos training is for identified duty holders under the regulations. In addition the training is also for those that have been appointed by the duty holders to carry out their obligations under the regulations.
Therefore, you will need the duty to manage asbestos training if:
- You have the duty to manage.
- You have been appointed by someone who has the duty to manage to carry out their asbestos management on their behalf.
The regulations define those that have the duty to manage as:
|Responsibility for premises||Who has the duty to manage under regulation 4?|
|The owner has sole responsibility for the premises or has sole responsibility for the common parts of multi-occupied buildings.||The owner.|
|Under a tenancy agreement or contract, tenants (including employers or occupiers) are responsible for alterations, repairs and maintenance.||The tenant or tenants in multi-occupancy premises.|
|Under a tenancy agreement or contract, the owner keeps responsibility for maintenance and repairs, and the owner has control of access by maintenance workers into the building.||The owner.|
|Under a tenancy agreement or contract, responsibility is shared between several people, eg owners, sub-lessors, occupiers and employers.||Each party - for those parts of the premises for which they have maintenance responsibilities. Note that employers occupying the premises also have a general duty of co-operation to comply with the requirement of any health and safety regulations under regulation 11 of the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.|
|If an owner/leaseholder uses a managing agent.||The owner. The managing agent would act on behalf of the owner but does not assume the owners duties in law. The ultimate responsibility remains with the owner.|
|There is no tenancy agreement or contract.||The person in control of the premises.|
|The premises are unoccupied||The person in control of the premises.|
What is does the duty to manage asbestos training teach me?
The duty to manage asbestos training contains a wide range of topics and details which show duty holders or appointed persons what is required under the asbestos regulations. The asbestos training includes how and why they must:
- Ensure a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out to check for the presence of asbestos.
- Check the condition of materials likely to contain asbestos.
- In the assessment use the building plans and other relevant information.
- Inspect the property to find out whether asbestos is present; usually referred to as an asbestos survey.
- Where the assessment or survey shows that asbestos is at risk of being present, assess those risks.
- Prepare a written plan detailing how those risk will be mitigated as far as is reasonably practicable. This is called an asbestos management plan.
- Identify the steps that are to be taken to manage the risks identified in the asbestos management plan.
- As part of this plan monitor the condition of any asbestos or any substances suspected of containing asbestos.
- As part of the plan ensure any asbestos is properly maintained, or where necessary, safely removed; and
- Ensure information about the location and condition of any asbestos is provided to every person at risk of disturbing it and made available to the emergency services if required.
How much does it cost?
The cost of UKATA certified Duty to Manage Asbestos training is a little as £125. The cost of the training will be dependent on where you are having the course delivered and how many people you are booking in or if you are undertaking the training as an individual. For a super-fast quote fill out and send this quote form or contact a member of the team for an instant price.
Double check above and if you are a duty holder or an appointed person on behalf of a duty holder, then under the regulations you are required to have sufficient asbestos training. This training is called The Duty to Manage Asbestos Training.
This training usually takes a whole day and can be undertaken within a classroom or if needed online with a tutor led virtual course. If you believe that you need this training, then speak to a member of the team and they will guide you through the process and ensure you get the training you require.
Written by Jess Scott
Jess Scott has been an all-round asbestos consultant since 1996. That’s nearly 3 decades of asbestos knowledge. He spends his time sharing that knowledge with the team at Oracle and with their clients. Jess's goal is, and always has been, to use my expertise in helping people to comply with the law. This legal compliance ultimately helps to protect everyone from the harmful effects of asbestos. Jess has acted as an asbestos expert witness in legal cases and is involved in many asbestos educational activities throughout the UK.