The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has raised concerns about the lack of asbestos training in the construction industry that has been undertaken since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, an average of 18,000 workers a month completed asbestos training.
Over the last six months (March-August), an average of 6,000 workers a month undertook asbestos training delivered by UKATA-approved providers, a fall of more than 66%.
The HSE recommends that refresher training courses should be undertaken to help ensure awareness is maintained.
To ensure asbestos training continues to be accessible during the pandemic, UKATA approved its 200-member companies and individuals to deliver asbestos courses by video conference technology.
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