Title Making the EU CLEAN of AsBestos
Project Number 540447-LLP-1-2013-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
The motivation for ABClean
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals used in many products because it adds strength, heat-resistance and chemical resistance. Despite its many uses, asbestos is a hazardous material. If employers and workers do not have proper precautions for work around asbestos, workers may develop serious chronic health problems (lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma…). According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), around 100 000 people worldwide still die from exposure to asbestos every year. A fibrous form of six minerals, asbestos was widely used in Europe between the 1940s and 1980s, with three forms of asbestos acting as a key component of various products. Chrysotile, crocidolite and gruenerite asbestos were used in thermal insulation, fire protection and a whole array of building materials.
Workers that might be at risk of exposure are as follows:
-Shipbuilding and repair
-Trains/ repair work
-Welders, sheet metal workers, boilermakers, smiths
-Rubber, paper, paints and varnishes
-Retailers of asbestos articles
-Service workers: ironer, surface cleaning
-Repair and maintenance (e.g. household appliances)
-Brewers, cider workers
Even if the European Union has banned all use of asbestos, extraction, manufacture and processing of asbestos products, during the 70s asbestos use was very common material in buildings and included a variety of products. Moreover, in 2009, 2 million tones of asbestos were mined worldwide. Russia was the largest producer with about 50% world share followed by China (14%), Brazil (12.5%), Kazakhstan
Which is ABClean Qualification Standard objective
The ABClean Qualification Standard will be a document reflecting the characteristics, competences, knowledge, and training needs associated to the new Asbestos manager figure targeted to the construction sector. The document will consider all requirements and needs set up in the legislation at European and national levels.
Target group Industrial stakeholders from Spain, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, UK, Poland concerned by asbestos waste management
A document containing a qualification standard proposal (program or Curricula) to be applied in the European professional qualifications by VET centers, based on ECVET system.
Area of application Sectorial industries in contact with asbestos. Training agents
Product Languages: Polish, Lithuanian, English, Finnish, Italian and Spanish
ABClean training tools
Marketing Text The ABClean Qualification Standard will be a document reflecting the characteristics, competences, knowledge, and training needs associated to the new Asbestos manager figure targeted to the construction sector. The document will consider all requirements and needs set up in the legislation at European and national levels.
The number of modules and contents yet to be finalized but the main topics will cover:
- Removal of Asbestos
- Waste Disposal
- Environmental Impact
The course will include:
-Interactive activities to engage the learner
-Colorful imagery e.g. diagrams, photographs which are relevant to the audience and sector
-Printable certificate which will be printed by the AB Clean learner upon completion of the e-learning modules Access to the course will be available with password/logins dedicated
Target group Coordinators / managers from industrial sectors dealing with asbestos removal and waste management in 7 european countries
Result After completing the course, workers will receive the ABClean diploma.
All industries concerned with Asbestos issue.