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Asbestos Awareness Training     

Those involved in maintenance or refurbishment work need to know that any disturbance of asbestos containing material is only be completed by trained workers. Electricians, plasterers, plumbers and carpenters are all at risk of exposure to asbestos when working in buildings erected before the year 2000 or during subsequent refurbishment to such buildings

Many workers, particularly tradesmen, think that they are not personally at risk of exposure to asbestos or the diseases it can cause. They think that since asbestos was banned some years ago, the problem has been dealt with and therefore it is not relevant to them.

The reality is very different

Exposure to asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, with around 4,000 people a year dying from asbestos-related disease. The overall number of deaths is rising because a large number of workers who have already been exposed to asbestos dust around 40 years ago will go on to develop mesothelioma, a terminal cancer or other asbestos related diseases.

Today asbestos still presents a real and relevant risk to plumbers, joiners, electricians and many other maintenance workers as it may be present in any building constructed or refurbished before the year 2000. All buildings need repair and maintenance work from time to time. When the asbestos fibres are disturbed, for example by drilling, cutting or sanding, the fibres are likely to be inhaled as a deadly dust.

This training course provides asbestos awareness training for those employees who could encounter Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in ‘At Risk’ buildings, e.g. maintenance and refurbishment of buildings constructed before 2000. This course is a legal requirement under regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations and the associated ACoP where employees are likely to come in to contact with asbestos or ACM in the course of their work.

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