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Asbestos awareness training – do you need it?

Asbestos related diseases still kill around 5000 workers per year in the UK – more than are killed in car accidents. This equates to around 20 trades people losing their life each week as a result of past exposure to asbestos fibres.

Asbestos is not just a problem of the past. Asbestos containing materials can be found in any building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000.

When these materials are disturbed, they release fibres into the atmosphere that could be inhaled into the body. The inhalation of these fibres can cause serious illness. Symptoms of the illness will not manifest immediately, it can sometimes take 15-40 years to develop. Because of the long latency period’s of these diseases, once they are diagnosed it is usually to late to do anything about them.

This is why people that may be exposed to asbestos need to take precautions right now.

Asbestos awareness training should be given to employees whose work could foreseeably disturb the fabric of a building and expose them or others to asbestos.

Trades people

Dependent on your job, you may be more likely to be exposed to asbestos than other professions. Trades people are more likely to disturb asbestos fibres than others. These trades could include:

  • Builders
  • Joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Plasterers
  • Data cable installers
  • Decorators
  • Roofing contractors
  • Alarm installers
  • Architects
  • Building surveyors

The above list is by no means exhaustive. Any trades person that works with materials that are contained within buildings built before the year 2000, could potentially be exposed to asbestos.

Disturbing asbestos

If asbestos containing materials are left untouched and managed properly within a premises, then they will not likely be harmful. It’s when these materials become disturbed that you will start to encounter trouble.

If you are a trades person, then you may encounter asbestos on a regular basis. Any building, refurbishment or maintenance works that disturbs certain materials could release fibres into the atmosphere.

Asbestos awareness training will help you recognise potential materials before you work on them.

Control of asbestos regulations

The control of asbestos regulations came into force on the 6th April 2012, superseding any previous asbestos regulations in the UK. These regulations set out legal duties that employers must comply with to protect employees from the risks associated with the exposure to asbestos.

Regulation 10 – Information, instruction & training – This regulation requires employers to make sure that anybody liable to disturb asbestos during their work, or who supervises such employees, receives the correct level of training to carry out their work safely without risk to others.

Employers have a duty to ensure that the information, instruction and training of their employees is adequate. This will safeguard themselves and other employees to carry out work with asbestos properly. Regulation 10 also applies to self employed contractors.

Asbestos awareness training will not qualify you to perform any work with asbestos. However, it will allow you to recognise asbestos containing materials and stop you from disturbing them before it’s too late.

Asbestos awareness training

Asbestos awareness training will cover the following topics:

  • The properties of asbestos and it’s effect on health – including the increased risk of lung cancer of asbestos workers who smoke.
  • The types, uses and likely occurrence of asbestos in buildings and plant
  • Procedures that should be followed to best deal with an emergency – eg. an uncontrollable release of asbestos fibres into the workplace.
  • How to avoid the risks from asbestos – eg. for building works, no employee should carry out work that will disturb the fabric of a building unless the employer has confirmed that asbestos is not present.

Our training course

Local Asbestos Services can provide asbestos awareness training for yourself and your employees. We run all of our training courses from our in-house training facility which is based at our head office in St Helens, Merseyside.

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The training course will be classroom based and will feature a mixture of tutor lead and video information and will finish with a written, multiple choice exam. Completion of this exam will enable us to issue an asbestos awareness training certificate.

Local Asbestos Services are a fully accredited UKATA (United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association) training provider.

Book your training course

If you would like to book an asbestos awareness training course with us then contact us for a quotation. Please note that some courses require a minimum number of attendees to run.

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