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RSPH Level 3 Award in Asbestos
Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures

Introduction

 

The Control of Asbestos Regulations imposes duties relating to air testing and the cleanliness of asbestos enclosures and work areas.

There is therefore a need for analysts and similar specialists to have the knowledge to inspect and test asbestos works that have been carried out to ensure they meet the correct standards required by HSG248.

The objective of this qualification is to provide learners with this knowledge to enable them to carry out inspection and testing.

Possession of this qualification by staff will help organisations and companies meet the accreditation criteria for ISO 17025 (testing bodies).

Who is it for?

This qualification is aimed at trainee analysts.

Candidates should have at least 6 months prior practical experience and have prior knowledge and experience in slide counting.

Candidates should also be familiar with HSG248 The Analysts Guide, HSG247 The Licensed Contractors Guide, HSG264 The Survey Guide and ACoP L143.

Level

 

This is a level 3 qualification.

 

Duration

5 days.

Modules

The qualification consists of four units:

  1. Asbestos types, uses, health effects and legislation

  2. Theory of air sampling, fibre counting and clearance procedures for asbestos analysts/ project managers

  3. Practical air sampling, fibre counting and clearance procedures for asbestos analysts

  4. Use of decontamination units and Class H vacuum cleaners

Assessment

 

Attainment of the Learning Outcomes for Units 1 and 2 will be assessed by a written examination.

 

The examination paper will be divided into two sections, one section for each unit. A candidate who is able to satisfy the learning outcomes must achieve a score of at least 60% for EACH unit in the examination.

 

Attainment of the Learning Outcomes for Units 3 and 4 will be assessed by a practical examination which will include tasks for each of the assessment criteria for these units, and oral questioning during the practical. RICE slides must be used for the assessment of fibre counting. Written and practical examinations will be set and marked by the centre and will be externally verified by RSPH.

 

 

Certification

In order to be awarded the certificate candidates must achieve the learning outcomes for all units.

Candidates who successfully achieve all units will receive a RPSH Level 3 Award in Asbestos Air Monitoring and Clearance Procedures certificate.