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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)


ADAO's 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Asbestos: "An International Public Health Crisis," was held March 30 -- April 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.


Siobhan Doherty presents, "Empowering Asbestos Safety through eLearning."

Our award-winning online 'Asbestos Awareness' eLearning courses allow on-demand access, meaning learning can happen precisely when and wherever you need it. Our portfolio of courses are designed to provide training that complies with legislative guidelines and in particular, makes workers aware of the dangers of working with asbestos. Bespoke eLearning packages can be developed to meet your organisations eLearning requirements and can be blended with practical training to create a whole suite of courses. Start your online course today.

Innovation
NATAS identified that the Asbestos Training industry would not have the capacity to deliver training to HSE's target audience within an appropriate timescale. Without an alternative solution to traditional classroom learning it is evident that many people would not receive the important safety message. NATAS ' first eLearning course was launched in September 2009, and was soon recognised by the Health and Safety Executive. NATAS have worked closely with the HSE since the initial development of our eLearning courses in 2008, with a view to setting the standards for Asbestos Awareness eLearning, ensuring content satisfies the objectives as stipulated in Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and the supporting Approved Code of Practice L143, that security and data protection requirements are met as well as ease of use and providing a high quality and valuable learning experience for users.

''Online learning (often referred to as eLearning) is increasingly used as a method of providing asbestos awareness training. HSE recognises the use of eLearning as a viable delivery method, among others, for the delivery of information, instruction and training in relation to asbestos awareness training, provided the course content satisfies the objectives as stipulated in Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations and the supporting Approved Code of Practice.''
HSE Statement on eLearning.

Award Winning eLearning
NATAS were delighted to receive the coveted BSIF award for Safety Excellence.
The BSIF Safety Awards recognise excellence within the safety industry, excellence in customer service, product innovation and the improvement of occupational health and safety. NATAS' winning case study was based on the innovation of our asbestos awareness eLearning courses, and the continued learning and development program NATAS implemented for our client, Affinity Homes. eLearning provides a viable, auditable solution to meet the organisations requirement to provide awareness and training to their nationwide contractors whilst instilling an asbestos safety culture with bespoke individual courses provided for each delegates, as well as a program of hands on practical training.

www.natas.co.uk

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BOHS P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings (Safe removal & Disposal)

£395 (plus VAT), £115 BOHS examination charge, £45 (plus VAT) elearning course

A proficiency level module which will give students the practical knowledge and skill to manage asbestos in buildings and give the knowledge base required to audit asbestos removal projects. The candidate will have a clear understanding of the legislation, be able to identify and record asbestos in buildings and be aware of the methods for preventing further damage to the ACM's. They will also be thoroughly familiar with good working practices for asbestos removal and with the role of the analyst, air monitoring techniques and the four stage clearance. The candidate will also have a good understanding of the pressures and demands on the various parties involved in a removal project.

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BOHS P402 Building Surveys & Bulk Sampling for Asbestos

£295 (plus VAT) + £140 BOHS Examination + £45 (plus VAT) elearning Course
Provides full practical understanding of the surveying of buildings for asbestos, and any bulk sampling that may be required. The proficiency level module provides the student with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out the stated work, and the two day course concludes with a BOHS invigilated exam. To gain the Proficiency Certificate, candidates will need to provide evidence of field proficiency, normally the submission of two survey reports which include sampling (type 2 or 3), submitted within six months of the exam. Click the book now button below or call us on 0870 751 1880 to book your place.



 "I would like to thank Natas for their efficient service. The trainer's knowledge and experience helped me to pass my P402 first time, allowing me to begin my new career as an Asbestos Surveyor. I look forward to completing my P405 course next month!" 
Joseph Kenny, Coventry 

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The Fast Track to Your Professional Asbestos Career! BOHS P402 and P405 Asbestos Surveyor and Asbestos Management Training! Get Started From The Comfort of Your Own Home Today! 0870 751 1880 www.natas.co.uk... Contact the Asbestos Experts and Work With Your Career Advisor to Achieve Career Success in the Asbestos Industry...

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NATAS is proud to support The British Lung Foundation’s ongoing ‘Take 5 and Stay Alive’ addresses the risks of Asbestos exposure during DIY activities in the home, via their multi media campaign. ‘’Asbestos first became a popular building material in the 1950s and was used in all sorts of unexpected places until as recently as the late 1990s. Sadly, thousands of people in the UK die from asbestos-related diseases every year, and inhaling the dust can eventually be lethal’’. The campaign aims to highlight the risks and provide an asbestos guide to educate homeowners of the dangers of asbestos, and direct people to the relevant contacts should they feel they may have been exposed.
Often the DIY target group escape the media’s attention, and thus the necessary safety messages are not delivered to many people. According to the BLF guide, one person in seven in the UK is affected by lung disease, whether it’s mild asthma or mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. The British Lung foundation support people affected by lung disease through the individual challenges they face.

The BLF highlight the following information in their 5 minute guide:
What is asbestos
Where and when asbestos was used?
What does asbestos look like?
What if I find asbestos in my home?
Where can I get all the facts?
 
Before you start your DIY this week end, make sure that you have all the facts and understand the risks of asbestos in the home. Check out the Take 5 and Stay Alive website www.Take5andstayalive.com.
This 5 minute guide is just the first step in understanding the risks of Asbestos in the home, for further Asbestos Awareness training and eLearning visit www.natas.co.uk or call the specialist asbestos team on 0870 751 1880.

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The Asbestos Awareness Training eLearning Revolution: Train Today, Certified Today!

NATAS eLearning Ltd provides a full portfolio of asbestos eLearning courses approved or recognised by such organisations as ASHEeLA, BOHS and IATP. NATAS leads the asbestos awareness training market by way of innovation, namely NATAS’ Award winning eLearning courses, compliant with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 that provides highly economic, on-demand access, allowing training to be taken precisely when needed. NATAS cultivated eLearning technology and introduced it to the asbestos market in 2007 to provide a solution to increasing demand and limited supply. With an estimated 3 million people requiring asbestos awareness training alone, classroom courses could not provide a solution to achieve this target for many years, even decades, given the limited number of competent trainers.
NATAS’ pioneering eLearning courses have evolved throughout this time from launch to ongoing interaction with clients and focus group testing, each element and benefit has been derived directly from the needs of the asbestos awareness learner, from individual trades-people through to large multinational blue chip companies. eLearning technology
allows delegates to train around their own schedule for the first time, whilst receiving the highest quality, consistent training with help and support from competent tutors with years of asbestos training experience. Eliminating loss of earnings, travel and logistical costs are some of the major attractions to trades-people in particular.
NATAS eLearning courses, compensate for the lack of physical tutor/candidate contact by providing online support as well as giving delegates the opportunity to discuss the course, and any thoughts or concerns that they may have with qualified tutors and like minded candidates in our asbestos forums. eLearning provides an ongoing link between the delegate and knowledge bank as information can be gained not just on their training day, but ongoing via the knowledge support network.
The administration burden of organising and maintaining asbestos training records can also be eliminating via Learning Management databases providing a comprehensive solution for employees to monitor and track delegate training, allowing qualified delegates to be identified at the touch of a button. NATAS’ dedicated in house eLearning developers provide customised solutions for every user.
While technologies continue to progress, we are confident that eLearning is not a passing fad for the asbestos training industry, this is just a first step in using technology to achieve compliance in the work place. Our eLearning delegates agree with us, as confirmed by regular feedback;
‘’We are thrilled with the product it is easy to use, user friendly and the menu to recheck on any of the aspects is brilliant. The cost of this is also so much cheaper that anything currently on the market. So far 100% of our employees have passed the assessment.”
‘’..those having taken part now have a far greater awareness of asbestos and it’s dangers within the workplace.’’ If you would like further information about how you and your clients can benefit from eLearning or if you would like information on our partnership and eLearning development opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact NATAS eLearning on 0870 751 1880 or email info@natas.co.uk.
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Making Asbestos Training Available Locally

A leading asbestos consultancy involved in the decommissioning of Dounreay is training Highland contractors to safely identify and remove the hazardous material. Natas has been training in the expert abstraction of the hazardous substance from the former nuclear plant in Caithness for the last six years. The Birmingham firm has now established a permanent base at Forss Business & Technology Park, near Thurso, so it can better support Dounreay and deliver its services across the north of Scotland, Highlands and Islands.
Natas director Max Lopacki said: ‘’This is a satelite of our business down south and across the Counrty’’. We offer the full range of consultancy services for clients like Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, but also local authorities, government bodies, construction firms and other clients.
One-stop shop
“The service is a one-stop shop for everything to do with asbestos, which includes surveying properties, testing materials for asbestos content, air testing, quality control and training. Our services are accredited by UKAS and by other organisations such as ASHEeLA (Asbestos Safety Health Environmental eLearning Association) and IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers). We can also source and supervise asbestos removal contractors on behalf of the client’s behalf, but we recommend that the client engages the removal contractor directly to ensure our impartiality.” The specialist company is also providing asbestos awareness and training in non-licensed asbestos work to local builders and maintenance firms so that may can remove these lower-risk forms of asbestos. Mr Lopacki says his company is playing a vital role in the Highland area, which until now has not had easy access to asbestos training. He said: “Our nearest equivalent companies are based down in the central belt, which is a day’s drive usually. So if we were not on hand to deliver the course locally, the client would have had to get a trainer up from down south or send their staff down at great expense and disruption.”
He added: “As Dounreay continues its decommissioning and demolition programme there will be more and more demand for locally based asbestos removal workers, so what we are doing now through the Make the Right Choices programme, and by just generally offering the training within the open market, is to make asbestos training available and viable for local workers.” Natas was formed originally in 1996 and is nationally recognised in the industry and by the industry Regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, as a credible training provider. It offers a full range of courses both face-to-face and using the latest eLearning technology. The online modules are also available in a range of languages, such as Russian, Polish and Bulgarian, to meet the demands of the foreign workforce in the UK, and most other languages are available on request.
eLearning
Mr Lopacki said: “We’ve been at the forefront of developing computerbased training and eLearning within our industry and we now have trainers in position in Caithness and the north of Scotland. We are using the eLearning in conjunction with traditional face-to-face training, which is very relevant for this area because of the distance and the difficulty of getting people up and down the road. It also means the trainees spend less time away from work, so it is beneficial all round.”
One of the most popular Natas training courses is on asbestos awareness, which is a legal requirement for anyone with the potential of being exposed to asbestos in the workplace. It costs just £35 (or less for large users) to undertake this short course and a certificate meeting legal requirements and recognised by the HSE is awarded upon successful completion. Max said: “This course is for anybody that is potentially exposed in the workplace such as maintenance staff but could also, for instance, a school caretaker who might damage an asbestos panel or ceiling when changing a light bulb or a cleaner who may inadvertently damage asbestos wall panels when putting the cleaning equipment away in a storeroom.”
Duty to manage asbestos
“Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 there is a duty on building owners and occupiers to manage asbestos safely in the premises. The dutyholder is usually the client or owner or someone occupying and maintaining the building for the owner. They have got strict legal duties to identify and risk-assess the asbestos they have and to manage it in a safe condition.” Natas provides the expertise to assist the duty-holder comply with their legal obligations.
Aberdeen office
Natas has also opened an office in Aberdeen to meet the demand from the oil industry for asbestos consultation and training. Max said: “The offshore industry has similar difficulties to the Dounreay site in terms of its remote locations. As you can imagine it is very difficult to get trainers on the rigs to train people to deal with asbestos materials, or get a whole crew onshore to do it. So we work with a combination of eLearning and face-to-face training, and some of our trainers have offshore survival training and safety training so they can go on the rigs to do tests, inspections and training. “We have been doing this for many years but we have never had a local presence or contact, so between Aberdeen and Thurso we will have a good base for all our work in Scotland.”
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NATAS Asbestos Awareness eLearning Ltd Update: Five Years On

NATAS eLearning Ltd Update: Five Years On RCA member NATAS eLearning Ltd provides a full portfolio of asbestos eLearning courses approved or recognised by such organisations as ASHEeLA, BOHS and IATP. NATAS leads the asbestos awareness training market by way of innovation, namely Natas’ Award winning eLearning courses, compliant with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 that provides highly economic, on-demand access, allowing training to be taken precisely when needed. NATAS cultivated eLearning technology and introduced it to the asbestos market in 2007 to provide a solution to increasing demand and limited supply. With an estimated 3 million people requiring asbestos awareness training alone, classroom courses could not provide a solution to achieve this target for many years, even decades, given the limited number of competent trainers.
NATAS’ pioneering eLearning courses have evolved throughout this time from launch to ongoing interaction with clients and focus group testing, each element and benefi t has been derived directly from the needs of the asbestos awareness learner, from individual trades-people through to large multinational blue chip companies.
eLearning technology allowed delegates to train around their own schedule for the fi rst time, whilst receiving the highest quality, consistent training with help and support from competent tutors with years of asbestos training experience. Eliminating loss of earnings, travel and logistical costs are some of the major attractions to tradespeople in particular.
Natas eLearning courses, compensate for the lack of physical tutor/candidate contact by providing online support as well as giving delegates the opportunity to discuss the course, and any thoughts or concerns that they may have with qualifi ed tutors and like minded candidates in our asbestos forums. eLearning provides an ongoing link between the delegate and knowledge bank as information can be gained not just on their training day, but ongoing via the knowledge support network.
The administration burden of organizing and maintaining asbestos training records can also be eliminating via Learning Management databases providing a comprehensive solution for employees to monitor and track delegate training, allowing qualifi ed delegates to be identifi ed at the touch of a button. NATAS’ dedicated in house eLearning developers provide customized solutions for every user.
While technologies continue to progress, we are confi dent that eLearning is not a passing fad for the asbestos training industry, this is just a fi rst step in using technology to achieve compliance in the work place. Our eLearning delegates agree with us, as confi rmed by regular feedback;
‘’We are thrilled with the product it is easy to use, user friendly and the menu to recheck on any of the aspects is brilliant. The cost of this is also so much cheaper that anything currently on the market. So far 100% of our employees have passed the assessment.”

‘’..those having taken part now have a far greater awareness of asbestos and it’s dangers within the workplace.’’

If you would like further information about how you and your clients can benefi t from eLearning or if you would like information on our partnership and eLearning development opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact NATAS eLearning on 0870 751 1880 or email info@natas.co.uk.
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