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Why do Asbestos Removers need CPD?

CPD Guide for Asbestos Removers

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely used in construction and manufacturing industries due to its heat resistance and durability. However, it was discovered that exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. As a result, the use of asbestos has been heavily regulated and banned in many countries including the UK. It is important to properly handle and dispose of any materials that may contain asbestos to prevent further exposure and damage to human health.

An asbestos remover is a professional trained to safely remove asbestos-containing materials from buildings. Asbestos removers use specialised equipment and techniques to safely remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials, protecting both themselves and the public from exposure. It is a highly regulated profession and requires proper licensing and training to ensure the safe and effective removal of asbestos.

Asbestos removers typically work in settings where asbestos-containing materials are present, such as residential and commercial buildings, industrial sites and construction sites. They may also work in settings where asbestos-containing products are manufactured or disposed of, such as asbestos mines, landfills and waste disposal facilities. The work of asbestos removers involves identifying, containing and removing asbestos-containing materials in a safe and controlled manner to minimise the risk of asbestos exposure. They must follow strict safety guidelines and regulations to protect themselves and others from the harmful effects of asbestos.

CPD courses most suited to Asbestos Removers

Asbestos Removers us

Most informative course I’ve taken on asbestos awareness!

Jesse South
Asbestos Awareness

Excellent course, for someone starting in confined space work, and also for those that have been doing it for years.

Martin Parry
Confined Spaces

It was worth it and I’m appreciative of online courses like these. Totally worth it.

Peter Esebame
Assessing Risk (Risk Assessment Course)

What CPD courses do Asbestos Removers need?

Many of our courses are accredited by the HSE and ROSPA, so will meet all the requirements of training for an asbestos remover.

Some key CPD courses that we have specially selected for an asbestos remover include:

  • Asbestos Awareness – in this asbestos course we will be looking at the current legislation (The Control of Asbestos Regulations – CAR 2012) relating to asbestos safety. We will look at the reason asbestos was banned and why it is so dangerous to people’s health. The most likely people to be affected by asbestos are outlined as well as risk assessments that can be carried out to minimise the chances of exposure. This course is perfect for anyone who works as an asbestos removal worker, people who are in charge of maintaining buildings and maintenance equipment, and workers in construction, demolishment and refurbishment.
  • Assessing Risk (Risk Assessment Course) – in this course you will learn that it is a legal requirement to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. You will also explore the two main pieces of health and safety legislation, as well as the six-pack regulations that were introduced due to EU directives. You will discover that elimination is the best option, as it eliminates the hazards and risks, which is part of a five-step approach that is recommended by the HSE.
  • Confined Spaces – this course will cover everything that you need to know about confined spaces, including why confined spaces are so dangerous, as well as the hazards associated with them. We will also cover the legislation on confined spaces, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and the Confined Spaces Regulation 1997.
  • Health and Safety for Employees – this course covers a large number of different areas and is designed for new and existing employees to develop their knowledge of safe practices in the workplace. In order to ensure a safe and harmonious working environment, all employees should have a strong knowledge of health and safety legislation.
  • Ladder Safety – in this course we will be looking at the job roles and industries that use ladders and stepladders. We will look at the legislation that surrounds working at height and the use of ladders and stepladders. We will explore the requirements of The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation (RIDDOR) 2013 in relation to accidents and injuries involving ladders and stepladders. We will explore the steps of a risk assessment and why it is important to carry out a risk assessment. Finally, we will look at what should be considered in an emergency rescue plan.
  • Personal Protective Equipment – this course covers everything that you need to know about PPE, including when people are required to wear protective equipment. It will look at the two main categories of PPE and give an in-depth description of what is included in them and when people should wear PPE. This course includes the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 which came into force on the 6th April 2022.
  • RIDDOR Awareness – this RIDDOR course covers everything that has to be reported relating to injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences. Throughout the course RIDDOR legislation in Northern Ireland and Great Britain will be covered. Students will gain knowledge of employee responsibilities surrounding RIDDOR as well as cover when a RIDDOR report should be made, who should make the report and how to keep records of reports.
  • Working at Height – this course is perfect for people who work at height. You will explore the legislation that is applicable to work at height and consider the general requirements of the legislation. We will also look at why falls can occur and the ways to prevent them.
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A guide to CPD for Asbestos Removers

To become an asbestos remover, you will need to complete an asbestos removal training course that is approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE is the British National Regulator for workplace health and safety. They have specific regulations dedicated to asbestos and asbestos removal which must be adhered to. There are the control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 which cover the management, removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Additionally, workers should follow the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which outlines the general duties of employers and employees to ensure a safe work environment. It is also important for workers to follow any specific guidelines and procedures set by their employer for working with asbestos.

CPD can help asbestos removers to stay up to date with health and safety changes, and the latest practices for their role. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of ongoing learning and development that individuals undertake to enhance their professional skills and knowledge. CPD can include a wide range of activities such as attending courses, workshops and conferences, reading relevant literature, and participating in online learning.

CPD certificates

All of the CPD Online College courses will result in a CPD certificate as soon as you have successfully completed your chosen training course. All CPD courses are wholly accessed online, as are your CPD certificates. This means you won’t have to wait for your certificate to be issued, as you will have immediate access to this the moment you have passed the course. You will also have immediate access to your course results, so that there is no waiting around for feedback.

Logging CPD hours 

You should log the time that you spend on your CPD course, as well as any other CPD training that you may embark on.

As an asbestos remover, some other more practical training you may choose could include:

  • Working with a mentor.
  • Practising the safe removal of asbestos.
  • Job shadowing work colleagues.


Your logged CPD hours will total the amount of time you have spent on CPD training over the year, to make it easier to refer back to for regulators and employers.

Keeping evidence 

You can keep CPD evidence in a portfolio to make your record-keeping easier. Evidence of your CPD should include any paperwork that showcases what activity you have undertaken. It is easy to create a portfolio. You can save electronic files on a computer or keep a hard copy folder of CPD evidence.

Renewing CPD certificates

Your CPD certificate should be renewed every two years so that you are always working with the latest knowledge. This is extremely important when working in a high-risk job role to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. You can easily renew your CPD certificates with CPD Online College by simply completing a refresher of your course online.

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