British Drilling Association Sets Mandatory Asbestos Aware Training Deadline

The British Drilling Association (BDA) has set an October 1 2024 deadline for those undergoing the BDA audit to have completed Asbestos Aware Training.

Asbestos in soil remains a significant hazard for ground investigation teams in the UK. Engineering geologists, groundworkers, and others involved in site inspections face potential exposure to asbestos buried in reworked materials, often without prior documentation. The need for comprehensive training in asbestos identification, classification, and mitigation is critical to ensuring the safety of these teams during brownfield development projects.

Supporting the BDA’s commitment, it is vital that industries adapt swiftly to these new requirements, particularly with the upcoming October 1, 2024, deadline. This involves rescheduling work to fit in training sessions and identifying suitable training providers, especially for the 25% of BDA members who have yet to implement formal asbestos training.

Industry-led guidance and tools, such as those from the Asbestos in Soil and Construction and Demolition Materials Joint Industry Working Group, provide crucial support for planning and risk assessments. The BDA’s recent data suggests a widespread need for improved asbestos training across the ground investigation industry. Numerous asbestos consultancies and training providers are prepared to meet this demand, offering courses endorsed by organizations like the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) and the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA).

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