UKATA offering free training to trade associations

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The annual Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign from the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is being supported by the Contamination Expo Series, who will be sharing details of the campaign with their followers. UKATA members are offering free training as part of the campaign designed to keep both small businesses and sole traders safe from the UKs biggest workplace killer – asbestos. Now in its third year, the nationwide campaign runs from 1 September to 31 October, with free asbestos awareness training for those who need it most.

As supporters of the campaign, the Contamination Expo Series will be able to spread news of the hours of free asbestos awareness training available with its followers and inform as many people as possible of training they may be unable to afford or not even realise exists. UKATA members pledged over 3,500 hours of training in 2015 and 2016, with even more complimentary training available this year.

“I would like to thank the Contamination Expo for backing the 2017 UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign,” said Craig Evans, General Manager of UKATA. “In the last few years UKATA members have delivered 400,000 asbestos training courses but there remains a real need for essential training for all who may encounter the substance. Thousands of tradespeople have received no asbestos training and the Contamination Expo Series is playing a key role in helping UKATA reach a wider audience in new ways and by so doing, encouraging greater participation.”

Training will be on offer throughout the country (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to check availability on a course and to book a free place, interested parties should contact the UKATA Member directly using the details at, and remembering to quote the UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign.

Around 20 tradesmen die every week as a result of past exposure to asbestos. Damage caused to the lungs by asbestos can lay dormant for up to 60 years, with diseases like mesothelioma responsible for the death toll amongst small traders that includes eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers.

“Unwittingly coming into contact with deadly asbestos fibres can put small traders and the general public in the front line of asbestos exposure,” added Craig. “They need support and the Train Safe campaign provides that. Last year’s campaign was a huge success and thanks to Contamination Expo, this year’s awareness campaign has got off to a great start. Without the support of bodies like Contamination Expo, we would not have the same levels of coverage and we hope to see more eligible people than ever take advantage of the free training on offer in the weeks and months ahead.”

UKATA exists to set and verify standards and to emphasise the importance of best practice in training when it comes to the safe handling, removal and disposal of asbestos. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 for taking-on, managing and developing the list of training providers for licensed asbestos work in the UK, UKATA is now the leading authority in all levels of asbestos training in the UK. Free training is to be carried out on selected dates in September and October 2017.  A full list of Training Providers can be found by visiting: