Further Information Sources for Asbestos and Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos Training

Organizations providing training to Asbestos Consultants

The AtaC (Asbestos Testing and Consultancy Association) and BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) both offer professional courses leading to awards in:

·         Asbestos surveying  (inspection, sampling, bulk analysis)

·         Asbestos air monitoring and clearance (air sampling, fibre counting and 4 stage clearances).

https://www.atac.org.uk/asbestos-testing-consultancy-association-qualifications

http://www.bohs.org/qualifications-training/bohs-qualifications/asbestos-qualifications/

A person is deemed to be a competent person where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size or hazards (or both of them) of the undertaking or establishment in which he or she undertakes work, the person possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken.

Asbestos Surveyor

An Asbestos Surveyor carries out asbestos surveys. This can be a Management Asbestos Survey (MAS) or a Refurbishment Demolition Asbestos Survey (RDAS). Asbestos surveys consist of building inspection, sampling of suspect materials, laboratory analysis and provision of a survey report.

A Surveyor must be competent:

·        Surveyor Qualifications e.g. BOHS P402, RSPH Award in Asbestos Surveying

·        Thorough knowledge of relevant Irish legislation

·        Access to Laboratory equipment for analysis work and which performs satisfactorily in AIMS Scheme (see below) , Laboratory Analysts  should be qualified to BOHS P401 or RSPH Award in Asbestos Bulk Analysis

·        Maintains quality assurance and control procedures that conform with internationally recognised standards for asbestos analytical and inspection activities. 

Please refer to Section 8 of the HSA Guidance Document.

Asbestos in Materials Scheme (AIMS)

The Health and Safety Authority require all laboratories that analyse materials for asbestos content to participate satisfactorily in the AIMs proficiency testing (PT) scheme administered by the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K.  Participation in an independent proficiency- testing scheme plays an essential part in a laboratory’s quality control system.  Performance reports for those Republic of Ireland (ROI) Laboratories participating in the AIMs PT scheme can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Laboratory's Website (Current ROI Laboratory Classification Report) 

https://www.hsl.gov.uk/proficiency-testing-schemes/aims


AIMS logo

Please refer to Section 8 of the HSA Guidance Document.

 

Asbestos Analyst 

An Asbestos Analyst carries out air monitoring ( sampling), fibre counting and provides a site clearance certificate for reoccupation.

·         Qualifications  e.g.  BOHS P403 (air sampling), BOHS P404 (Clearance),  RSPH Certificate for Asbestos Analysts

·         Thorough knowledge of relevant Irish legislation

·         Access to Laboratory which performs satisfactorily in RICE Scheme (see below)

·         Maintains quality assurance and control procedures that conform with internationally recognised standards for asbestos analytical and inspection activities. 

Please refer to Section 13 of the HSA Guidance Document.

Regular Inter-laboratory Counting Exchange (RICE)


The Health and Safety Authority require all laboratories who carry out asbestos fibre counting to participate satisfactorily in the RICE proficiency testing (PT) scheme administered by the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K. Participation in an independent proficiency- testing scheme plays an essential part in a laboratory’s quality control system. Performance reports for those Republic of Ireland (ROI) laboratories participating in the RICE PT scheme can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Laboratory website (Current ROI Laboratory Classification Report).

 https://www.hsl.gov.uk/proficiency-testing-schemes/rice

RICE logo

Please refer to Section 13 of the HSA Guidance Document 

   

Asbestos Contractors 

ALL asbestos removal or abatement work must be carried out by competent persons who have sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken. This must include practical training. An asbestos awareness course is not sufficient. Regulation 16 and Schedule 4 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Asbestos) Regulation 2006 details the evidence that a contractor can provide to show their ability to perform asbestos work. 

Please refer to Section 9 of the HSA Guidance Document in relation to training requirements for different categories of contractors. 

  • Specialist Asbestos Contractors

Any work with asbestos insulation (e.g. pipe/ thermal insulation), asbestos coatings (e.g.‘limpet’ spray coating) or asbestos insulating board must be carried out by competent specialist asbestos contractors. Any maintenance or repair work with asbestos insulation, spray coatings or asbestos insulating board should be restricted to specialist asbestos contractors. Specialised training is required for workers involved - see Section 9 of the HSA Guidance Document

Section 12 of the HSA  Guidance Document provides advice on selection of a specialist asbestos contractor. 

  • Low risk asbestos work

Persons who will intentionally disturb or remove low risk asbestos containing material, such as asbestos cement and textured coatings, should receive practical training, specific to the risks associated with low risk asbestos work. Please see Section 9 of the HSA Guidance Document.  Workers likely to fall within this category include roofers and demolition operatives removing asbestos cement roof sheets. 

 

Resources for asbestos related disease


Irish Cancer Society

Website: http://www.cancer.ie

Nurseline Freefone: 1800 200 700 (Mon - Fri 9 - 5)

National Cancer Registry Ireland

Website: www.ncri.ie

Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma UK is a UK based resource centre dedicated to providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment. They have now established a support service for Republic of Ireland callers. Further details can be found at http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/ or by contacting 00 44 116 2583739 (charged at normal rates for calls to the UK)

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