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Reference Number: ST0819

Details of standard

This apprenticeship standard is currently in development and its contents are subject to change

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in Construction. The broad purpose of the occupation is to prepare and deliver a high standard of work relating to the removal or repair of asbestos containing materials from both the built environment and contamination of the external environment, which originated from within the built environment.

Exposure to asbestos currently results in 5000 deaths per year.  Asbestos Removal Operatives perform an essential role in removing, or making safe, asbestos containing materials to reduce the exposure of people to asbestos, thereby safeguarding the public by reducing the incidence of asbestos related diseases.

Employers carrying out the highest risk work on asbestos must be licensed by the Health and Safety Executive.  The work must be carried out in a way which prevents or minimises asbestos exposure and other relevant health and safety risks.  Therefore, appropriate controls must be in place to ensure exemplary health and safety management. When these controls are in place and all proper processes are adhered to, the work can be carried out safely.

Asbestos Removal Operatives are required to construct work areas for asbestos removal / repair to take place, safely remove or repair asbestos containing materials, package and remove asbestos waste material and decontaminate plant and premises to ensure the work area is suitable for normal reoccupation following the work. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their site team in the main.  The site team usually comprises of a site supervisor and a team of asbestos removal operatives, of which the employee would be one. 

The occupation is normally carried out in buildings constructed or refurbished prior to the year 2000.  The buildings can be occupied or derelict, awaiting demolition or refurbishment.  In addition asbestos containing materials which have been used in the built environment can have spread to the external environment, such as brownfield sites which have previously had structures containing asbestos located on them, or sites where illegal disposal of asbestos waste has taken place.  Therefore the occupation can be carried out either indoors or outdoors, and in all kinds of weather conditions. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for carrying out the asbestos removal / repair in accordance with the site specific plan of work, standard company procedures and under the direction of the site supervisor.

Typical job titles

Typical job titles include Asbestos Removal Operative.

Occupation duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 1 Set up and maintain asbestos work enclosures.

K1 K2 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S8 S12 S13 S15 S16 S17

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 2 Use, store and maintain respiratory protective equipment correctly.

K3 K4 K5 K6 K7

S6 S7 S8 S11 S14 S16

B1

Duty 3 Use, store and maintain personal protective equipment correctly.

K4 K6 K8

S6 S7 S8 S11 S14 S15 S16

B1 B3 B4

Duty 4 Position site equipment, signage, waste routes and transit routes appropriately.

K1 K2 K4 K6 K7 K8

S1 S2 S3 S5 S8 S11 S13 S15 S16 S17

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 5 Work in a way that ensures asbestos exposure is prevented or minimised.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K9

S1 S2 S6 S7 S10 S11 S12 S13

B1 B2 B4

Duty 6 Report, record and correct defects with plant, respiratory protective equipment, personal protective equipment and work methods.

K6

S11 S14

B1 B4

Duty 7 Appropriately handle, package and store asbestos waste.

K3 K4 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S7 S8 S10 S11 S12 S13 S15 S16 S17

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 8 Decontaminate plant and premises.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 K9 K10

S1 S2 S5 S6 S7 S10 S11 S12 S13

B1 B2 B4

Duty 9 Carry out effective personal decontamination.

K3 K4 K6 K7

S2 S7

B1 B4

Duty 10 Conform to health, safety and welfare in the workplace requirements.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8

S1 S2 S6 S7 S11 S12 S13 S14

B1 B2 B3 B4


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Legislation and official guidance relevant to installing and removing licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas, whilst working in the workplace, below ground level, at height, in confined spaces, with tools and equipment, and with materials and substances.

K2: Compliance with the given contract information to install and remove licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas to the required specification from a variety of environments including domestic, commercial and industrial properties.

K3: Legislation and official guidance relevant to stripping and removing licensed asbestos, including responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working in the workplace, below ground level, at height, in confined spaces, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials, and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.

K4: Workplace health, safety and welfare legislation requirements.

K5: Hazards associated with the workplace that have not been previously controlled, the reporting of them in accordance with organisational procedures, such as manual handling, faulty equipment, sharps, electrical hazards, slips and trips, working at height, and biological and chemical hazards.

K6: Organisation-specific policies and procedures.

K7: The various security arrangements and approved procedures.

K8: The movement, handling and/or storing of resources including manual handling and mechanical lifting.

K9: The different types of asbestos and their properties. Chrysotile, Amosite and Crocidolite. The history of asbestos use in the built environment and the different areas it can be found. What action to take when it is discovered.

K10: The risks posed to the environment by asbestos.

Skills

S1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when installing and removing licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas

S2 Maintain safe working practices when installing and removing licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas

S3 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to install and remove licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas

S4 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when installing and removing licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas

S5 Complete the work within the allocated time when installing and removing licensed asbestos enclosure or containment areas

S6 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when stripping and removing licensed asbestos

S7 Maintain safe working practices when stripping and removing licensed asbestos from a variety of environments including domestic, commercial and industrial properties.

S8 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to strip and remove licensed asbestos

S9 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when stripping and removing licensed asbestos

S10 Complete the work within the allocated time when stripping and removing licensed asbestos

S11 Comply with the given contract information to strip and remove licensed asbestos materials to the required specification

S12 Communicate with others to establish productive work practices

S13 Follow organisational procedures to plan the sequence of work

S14 Maintain relevant records in accordance with the organisational procedures:

S15 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to move, handle and/or store occupational resources

S16 Prevent the risk of damage to occupational resources and surrounding environment when moving, handling and/or storing resources

S17 Complete the work within the allocated time when moving, handling and/or storing resources

S18 Move, handle and/or store resources in a timely manner and within allocated time frames.

Behaviour


B1: Work responsibly to contribute to workplace health, safety and welfare whilst carrying out work in the relevant occupational area. Recognise and speak up when problems and potential safety issues arise and stop work immediately. Remain calm under pressure and take responsibility to minimise risks. Adhere to safe systems of work and relevant procedures.

B2: Maintain good working relationships when conforming to productive working practices

B3: Maintain safe working practices when moving, handling and/or storing resources

B4: Adopt a professional approach to the work, colleagues and client

Qualifications

English and Maths qualifications

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 

Additional details

Occupational Level: 2
Duration (months): 12

Review

This standard will be reviewed after three years.


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Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 2
Reference: ST0819
Version: 1
Date updated: 27/06/2019
Route: Construction
Typical duration: 12 months
Trailblazer contact(s): Steve.Sadley@arca.org.uk
Employers involved in creating the standard: Keltbray, Asbestos Abatement Services, Erith, Rhodar, Clifford Devlin, Amicus Environmental, Northern Insulation, Aspect, LAR, ECT

Version log

Version Date updated Change Previous version
1 27/06/2019 Standard first published

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