The P402 -Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings qualification gives surveyors the requisite background knowledge and practical skills to identify and safely survey buildings for asbestos.The requirement to be formally trained in asbestos surveying work is outlined in HSG264: The Survey Guide, which states that in order to be competent or UKAS-accredited, a surveyor must have sufficient training, qualifications, knowledge, experience and ability to carry out surveying duties. P402 is also quoted in HSG264 as being the most commonly held qualification in the field of asbestos surveying.
The P404qualification is the industry standard for asbestos site analysts, and gives candidates theskills and knowledge required to thoroughly and safelyundertakeair monitoringand the four stages of the clearance process. It also teaches candidates how to identify any outstanding asbestos risk on the site, and how to issuea certificate for reoccupationwhen they are satisfied the site is safe to re-occupy.
P405 –Management of Asbestos in Buildings is the industry standard qualification for those whose work involves asbestos management, such as duty holders, building managers, responsible persons, and those who look after asbestos managementdata. It provides the background knowledge required to manage identified asbestos in buildings, and ensuresthat appropriatemanagement processes are followed and documented properly. It also gives candidates the knowledge to make better procurement decisions, and to monitor the quality of the services provided by other asbestos professionals through understanding the standards and procedures that they should be following.
The P407 qualification builds on the knowledge gained by candidates in P405 –Managing Asbestos in Buildings by going into more technical detail on asbestos management, including how to produce and implement an asbestos management plan,and how to carry out checks on its effectiveness.Additionally, they will learn how to compile an incident report if any asbestos-containing material is disturbed.
The surveyor can:
- Describe the composition, nature and properties of asbestos, machine made mineral and other fibres and their historical uses.
- Describe the health effects of asbestos and other fibrous materials and apply appropriate exposure limits
- Describe the uses of asbestos in buildings and the public health risk that these may pose.
- Understand the principles of and requirements for asbestos surveys including taking samples and identifying bulk asbestos types by microscopic techniques including relevant safety requirements.
- Be thoroughly familiar with current good practice in the construction and use of enclosures for asbestos remediation and the use of decontamination units.
- Understand all the principles of clearance testing, the requirements for measurement and appropriate techniques for post remediation evaluation.
- Conduct air sampling to determine airborne concentrations of asbestos or other fibres in accordance with defined procedures including microscopic counting techniques.
- Have the ability to advise on all the various techniques for the management of asbestos in buildings in accordance with good practice.
The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC) was established in response to the growing number of asbestos professionals in asbestos surveying, testing and analytical sector that seek to enhance their knowledge and raise standards. Their goals are to improve technical knowledge in all aspects of asbestos consultancy.