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
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.