Keltbray Group introduces unique ‘asbestos in soils’ training course

Published 10/10 at 13:28

Held at Keltbray’s new training centre at Silvertown in East London, the company has announced it will be holding a training course on how to deal with asbestos in soils.

The specially designed practical training area has been modelled on a typical brownfield site, meaning that attendees can test theoretical skills in practice, and carry out mock excavation exercises to assess and monitor for asbestos contaminants in soil. 

The training course has been designed by Keltbray Remediation, a specialist division of Keltbray Group, which provides remediation solutions for brownfield sites, in partnership with the leading engineering, design, and environmental consultancy, Ramboll. The asbestos in soils module can be attended as a stand-alone one day module. It can also be attended in addition to Keltbray’s one day, UKATA approved, ‘non licensed work with asbestos’ (category B) training course.

The asbestos in soils training course is targeted at contractors that operate in the areas of earth works, demolition, civils and housebuilding, as well as consultants that undertake intrusive works through site investigation. It is also said to be suitable for environmental health professionals from governmental agencies. “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. 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,” explained Keltbray Remediation managing director, Joe Jackson.

Every week approximately 20 tradespeople in the UK die from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. With experts predicting the UK’s annual death rate from asbestos of around 5,000 (Health & Safety Executive Asbestos Danger) is set to soar in the next five years. “Asbestos is deadly if not handled correctly. As experts in the handling of asbestos containing materials, we are therefore pleased to launch this training facility to help highlight the dangers of asbestos in soils, and provide training to those who are likely to come into contact with these materials, so they know how to handle it,” Joe continued.

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