The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines the importance of training in adherence to the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2012). One of the topics identified by the HSE is the competency of the trainer, which is what a certain chemical and biotech expert were looking for when they selected us for their asbestos awareness training requirements. Due to the unique challenges of their UK base, ensuring site safety required a tailored approach.

The Goal

A Unique Site, A Unique Solution

Completed in 2012, this organisation’s flagship headquarters is known as much for its contemporary design as its positioning on a greenfield site. Due to the importance of keeping such land free from contamination, a variety of steps need to be taken to not only ensure HSE compliance regarding asbestos, but also greenfield legislation. The goal in this case was therefore to carry out thorough monitoring of the site in order to create a tailored asbestos training solution supported by personalised action plans that would enable full compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, especially Regulation 10 – Information, Instruction, and Training.

The Theory

Generic asbestos training solutions can be helpful, but many sites have unique features or requirements that fall outside the standard categories. Buildings near conservation sites, buildings with architectural significance, and buildings that are being used for chemical purposes tend to have requirements that are unique to that premises. As such, the most effective method of guaranteeing asbestos safety is to examine the site, identify its specific needs, and design a training solution. Overall, this is more cost-effective for the organisation, and also ensures that the training is relevant, targeted, and compliant.

How We Helped


What We Did

OMC carried out an Asbestos Management Survey at the site to identify the areas that required asbestos monitoring and management. The survey included analytical air monitoring, the labelling of asbestos-containing materials on-site, and risk assessments. From this, OMC was able to design a unique training plan to be carried out on-site with a group of delegates. The tailored training programme included information about the asbestos that was identified, the design of asbestos survey plans, and the development of a personalised action plan. Legislative topics, such as a review of the client’s asbestos register, were also included in the training programme. The delegates were also trained in practical emergency responses relating directly to the materials found, which was rehearsed as part of an agreed action plan. The success of the asbestos training programme was measured by an exam, which was passed by all delegates.    

The Theory

When sites have their own tailor-made training plan, the awareness of delegates increases both in terms of general knowledge and practical competence. This translates to fewer errors, and therefore increased safety, awareness, and compliance with CAR 2012, Regulation 4, ‘The Duty to Manage Asbestos’. The tailored approach also increases site efficiency by minimising risks and improving the skills of site services personnel and on-site engineers, ultimately ensuring that maintenance is accurate, timely, and cost-effective.   

The Outcome

The outcome of the tailored asbestos training approach was successful. Each of the delegates passed the exam, and the feedback was positive. OMC used the feedback to further develop the core of the asbestos training course, whilst the greenfield site continues to carry its status as an excellent symbol of both design and safety. We’re very proud of our work with this client.  

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