Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you or your employees may come across during the course of your work. Despite now being banned, it’s historical use means it still accounts for around 5000 deaths every year.
Park City’s Asbestos Awareness Training Course provides all you need to know when it comes to dealing with Asbestos – from legal requirements and duty to manage to practical guidance on identifying and dealing with the risks.
Asbestos can be found in many of the common materials that were used in the building trade prior to 2000. These include:
Some of these materials should only be worked on by a licensed contractor.
Any worker who is involved in refurbishment, maintenance and other similar trades is potential at risk of exposure to asbestos. A few examples include:
Asbestos is responsible for over 5000 deaths every year. Younger people, if routinely exposed to asbestos fibres over time, are at greater risk of developing asbestos-related disease than older workers. This is due to the time it takes for the body to develop symptoms after exposure to asbestos (latency). Exposure to asbestos can cause four main diseases:
It can take anywhere between 15-60 years for any symptoms to develop after exposure, so these diseases will not affect you immediately but may do later in life. You need to start protecting yourself against any exposure to asbestos now because the effect is cumulative.
The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4). It applies to the owners and occupiers of commercial premises (such as shops, offices, industrial units etc) who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities. In addition to these responsibilities, they also have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately.
It is important that you:
Any worker who is liable to disturb asbestos during their day-to-day work needs to receive appropriate training to enable them to protect themselves and others. Our comprehensive training course covers all the key areas outlined above to ensure you and your employers are aware of the risks and dangers of working with asbestos as well as any legal obligations you may be liable for.
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