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Case 122 - Non-licensed contractors working with asbestos need annual refresher courses

Issue

Non-licensed contractors working with Asbestos need annual refresher courses.

Panel decision

Employees carrying out non-licensed work activity with asbestos need the right information, instruction and training to carry out the work safely and should be refreshed at least once a year. This does NOT mean that they need to be trained from scratch and annual reissuing of certificates is not a legal requirement. Refresher training should be appropriate to the employees' roles and needs.

HSE is currently reviewing its Asbestos ACOP and will make the position on certificates clearer in the next version, which is to be published later in 2013.

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2013-02-14