Health and Safety

Asbestos Awareness Training - UKATA or IATP?

The most well-known asbestos awareness training is UKATA and IATP, and both have equal status. Some clients may stipulate a particular preference.

Asbestos Awareness training has been developed over years to ensure managers, supervisors and workers are able to understand the risks from asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in premises, plant, and equipment, ensuring the risk of exposure and subsequent harm is reduced.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website has set out a simple syllabus for Asbestos Awareness.

The course should contain the following:

  • The properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of developing lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke.
  • The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos and asbestos materials in premises and plant.
  • The general procedures to deal with an emergency e.g. an uncontrolled release of asbestos dust into the workplace.
  • How to avoid the risk of exposure to asbestos.

HSE recognises the use of eLearning as a viable delivery method, among others, for asbestos awareness training, provided it satisfies the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143 'Managing and working with asbestos'.

To help employers, landlords and duty holders select the correct training providers and control the risks of exposure to ACMs, there are trade bodies, associations or not for profit organisations which will provide assurance as to the status of a training provider through evidence and audit.

None of these organisations are endorsed by the HSE but recognised as an important part of the management of Asbestos.

The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) are the most well-known and have equal status, however when a client wants to make checks about contractors’ suitability or competence, they may stipulate a particular preference and it’s important to remember that it is just a preference.


What is UKATA?

UKATA is a leading not for profit authority on asbestos training, which was established in 2008. The success of UKATA has been driven by industry; some of these reasons include:

  • Industry recognised and traceable certification.
  • Robust process and rules of membership.
  • CPD hours for all training courses.
  • Recognised standards and course syllabus.

What is IATP?

Also a nationally recognised, not for profit organisation, IATP members are all independent asbestos training providers who have been independently audited to prove competence and compliance with asbestos legislation.

IATP accredits training for asbestos awareness, non-licensed asbestos work and licensed asbestos work, and works in conjunction with the HSE.

The Praxis42 Asbestos Awareness course developed by our inhouse Chartered Safety Practitioners and experts goes beyond the recommended HSE syllabus, and has also been approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) which has global recognition. Our course is also IATP accredited and is used by thousands of learners who receive a certificate of training on successful completion of the courses and its end assessment.

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