A Cramlington firm has launched a health and safety training scheme to help SMEs identify and avoid the risks associated with asbestos.
AMS Asbestos Management Services launched its new e-learning programme to the market this week.
Approved by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and independently audited by Independent Asbestos Training Provider (IATP), the scheme is aimed at anyone who could be exposed to asbestos fibres at work, including tradesmen such as builders, plumbers and electricians. The programme will enable managers to demonstrate staff are trained in asbestos awareness.
At the end of the programme, staff should be able to identify asbestos, where it might be found and what to do in case of accidental disturbance, as well as learn about the major diseases caused by working with asbestos.
The online programme is ideal for tradesmen who don’t have time for face-to-face asbestos awareness training. Comprising video demonstrations, animation, interactive graphics and multiple choice assessment, the programme also features a Learning Management System that helps managers track staff progress and certification.
Managing director at AMS, Stewart McNicholl said: “This programme offers a basic overview of asbestos and is therefore a must-have for managers and staff without the time or resources for face-to-face training. The HSE wants managers to be able to demonstrate staff competency in identifying and avoiding the risks of asbestos and this can be achieved with our new e-learning programme. The preferred method will always be face-to-face training, which we also offer, but this is a fantastic alternative for those unable to do that.”
AMS opened offices in Doncaster and Warrington this year and has grown its workforce by 13.
In April, the firm moved from Crosland Park in Cramlington to an office some three times the size at nearby Atley Business Park. AMS’s headquarters includes an analysis laboratory, to house its expanding team of testing and analysis specialists, as well as training and conference facilities and offices.