Asbestos: Assessment & Enforcement

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Member: £184 | Affiliate member: £284 | Non member: £284

This essential one day training course will better equip Environmental Health Officers and Housing Officials to advise landlords on the reasonable measures that should be taken to identify, assess and address the risk of asbestos containing material within let areas, and common parts – as well as exploring practical enforcement.

Why you should attend:

  • Gain an understanding of the implications of differing types of asbestos to be found in residential buildings
  • Understand the potential health issues associated with asbestos exposure
  • Learn the requirements of managing asbestos containing material under regulation 4 of Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Explore how responsibilities for ‘duty to manage’ may be allocated or shared in different tenancy arrangements
  • Consider the use of the HHSRS in the management of asbestos containing materials and adherence to current regulation
  • Explore appropriate remedies and resources to help those responsible to keep their tenants safe
  • Consider practical enforcement in the management of the presence of asbestos containing materials

Who should attend:

  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Housing Officers
  • Housing Association staff
  • Property and Housing Managers
  • Social Landlords

Please note that this training workshop is not asbestos awareness training as required under regulation 10 of the 2012 asbestos regulations.

▼ Programme 

09:00   Registration and refreshments
09:30   Introduction and welcome
  • Key issues around asbestos and its presence in residential dwellings
  • Impact on health – past, current research and thinking
11.00   Refreshment break
11.15   Case studies for identifying the possible presence of asbestos
  • Nature and types of asbestos
  • Asbestos risks and health effects
  • Use in building materials
  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 – an overview
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Afternoon Session 1:
  • Diagnosis and evidence
  • Good practice in scoring and worked examples
  • Enforcement options - Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Housing Act 2004
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Afternoon Session 2:
  • Court cases and first tier property tribunal decisions
  • Wider Public Health impacts and education
16:00   Course review
16.30   Complete evaluations, collect 5 hrs 30 mins CPD and depart
▼ Speakers 

Dave Couldridge 

Dave Couldridge_125x125 Dave is a highly-qualified and experienced Environmental Health Consultant with an extensive public sector experience. His specialisms are health and safety and construction knowledge applicable to private sector housing.

Until August 2014, Dave was a qualified Environmental Health Practitioner with 30 years experience. As a Health Practitioner, he was responsible for responding to complaints, inspections and reportable accidents, as well as many complex investigations using a full range of enforcement powers and persuasion to secure compliance with Environmental Health related legislation.

Dave was a Lead Officer for receiving all asbestos related notifications, carrying out on-site inspection and service of statutory notices where applicable due to non-compliance.  He completed a significant number of very complex high-profile workplace accident investigations. These include several asbestos and working at height incidents as well as a fatality.

Dave was also the national representative for Local Authorities at the Asbestos Liaison Group, contributing to improving standards within asbestos regulation.

Dave is an established trainer, having organised and provided asbestos training to a broad range of London Local Authorities as well as presenting to large groups of industry professionals.

Paul Fitzgerald  

Paul FitzgeraldPaul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of inner London and two rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a Maintenance Manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995, Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University and in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 100 courses on its assessment and enforcement.

▼ What past delegates thought 

"I felt the speaker had a very in-depth knowledge of the asbestos regulations and its application in commercial settings"  

"Trainer was excellent. Good knowledge of the subject and relaxed in delivery and kept it interesting" 

"The speakers were excellent - well informed, knowledgeable and passionate. Well done." 


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