What’s It About?
Asbestos is an extremely hazardous substance that has the potential to cause serious ill health to anyone who disturbs it. This half day asbestos awareness course ensures you or your employees have a good basic knowledge and understanding of the dangers associated with the exposure to airborne asbestos fibres. It will make you aware of how to avoid the risks and what correct health and safety procedures they should follow.
Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for anyone who may be at risk of inadvertently disturbing asbestos containing materials while working in buildings. This includes caretakers, electricians, plumbers, maintenance workers, joiners, computer engineers and even cleaners.
Why’s It Important?
Asbestos is recognised as the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK, resulting in around 5000 deaths each year, which is more than the number of people killed on the road. Approximately 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.
Although it is now illegal to use asbestos in the construction and refurbishment of buildings, in the past it was used extensively. Asbestos cement products, such as corrugated roofing and pipes, thermal insulation and fireproofing were widely employed in the building industry. Much of this asbestos is still present in many buildings that were built or refurbished before the year 2000 and, therefore, it will continue to be an issue for many years to come.
If your employees are at risk of coming across asbestos in their day to day work it is a legal requirement that you provide asbestos awareness training. Also, as a business owner, if you allow builders or maintenance personnel onto your premises then it’s vital you ensure that they have evidence of asbestos awareness training in order to prevent future compensation claims.
What Will You Gain?
By the end of the course you or your employees will understand the legislation associated with asbestos containing materials and know how to comply with these regulations.
You will know the health risks associated with asbestos and understand the consequences of failure.
On returning to work you will be able to identify the different types of asbestos, know where asbestos is commonly found and most importantly be able to apply practical controls to ensure everyone’s safety.