Asbestos is an extremely hazardous and harmful material. Recent statistics identify that in 2015 there were 222 deaths recorded where asbestosis was the cause. However, these figures could be inaccurate. This is due to the difficulty in identifying the cause of many lung condition related deaths.
To safeguard against asbestos you can complete Asbestos Awareness training. This article will look at statistics, the course content and also the details of the course.
Asbestos related diseases take years to develop. Therefore, many of the current cases were caused by exposure to asbestos in previous years.
Levels of asbestos exposure were particularly high in the years prior to 1980. In the era following World War Two, much of the building material contained asbestos.
Therefore, the current statistics are expected to continue at similar levels until the end of the decade. The statistics are then expected to decline due to improved safety measures and increased awareness of asbestos after 1980.
Asbestos Awareness Training– Who needs it?
Any worker that carries out work that could disturb asbestos carrying materials. Asbestos Awareness training provides information on how to avoid asbestos and situations where it may be encountered or disturbed.
A worker will need extra training if they carry out work that will directly involve dealing with asbestos. The Asbestos Awareness course does not allow the worker to work in a role that requires contact with asbestos.
Some of the job roles that will benefit from the training are below:
- Maintenance workers
- Painters and decorators
- Construction workers
- Shop fitters
- Gas fitters
The Course Content
The course will identify what asbestos is and how exposure can affect health. It will also provide information about the increased risk of lung cancer in asbestos workers who smoke.
The course will also make the candidate aware of how they can encounter asbestos during work. Furthermore, the course will identify emergency procedure in case of exposure to asbestos.
The course will ultimately identify methods and safe practice to avoid exposure to asbestos.
The course lasts for half a day. You can also complete an online training course if you’d prefer. We offer a combi deal where you can combine two half-day vocational courses into one days training. This will save you time and money! We can deliver this at your venue or you can come to us.
If you want to enquire or find out more about the course give us a call on 0121 476 4731