Keltbray has said that its new Asbestos in Soils training course is the first of its kind in the UK.
Theory and practice are combined by the course at Keltbray’s new training centre in Silvertown east London, which gives delegates use of a a specially designed practical training area that has been modelled on a typical brownfield site.
According to Keltbray, the facilities allow delegates to test their newly acquired theoretical skills in practice and carry out mock excavation exercises to assess and monitor for asbestos contaminants in soil.
The course has been designed by Keltbray Remediation in partnership with Ramboll.
The training is a standalone module but can also be combined with Keltbray’s one-day UKATA-approved Non-Licensed Work with Asbestos (Category B) training course.
The programme combines half day desk-based theory session that covers legislation, decontamination, testing, permitting and best practice handling followed by a half day of practical workshops using role play and ‘real life’ scenarios covering decision making and disposal options.
“Dealing with asbestos in soils is an increasing challenge as we start to remediate brownfield sites that pre-date year 2000, when asbestos was widely used in the construction of industrial or residential buildings and refurbishments,” said Keltbray Remediation managing director Joe Jackson. “The most hazardous forms of asbestos were used in fireproofing, insulation, pipe lagging and corrugated roofing sheets and other exterior cladding materials, and they were often just buried as part of demolition works before asbestos prohibition laws came into force.