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Danger Asbestos Written on Yellow Tape

Asbestos is the greatest cause of work-related deaths in Great Britain. Around 5,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases which typically take decades to develop and cannot be cured.

Asbestos has been in use for thousands of years and can be found in any building built before the year 2000 due to it’s excellent physical properties, low cost and almost unlimited availability.

It can be found in roofing sheets, pipe and boiler insulation, friction products, plastics, floor tiles, textiles, rainwater systems, boards and many other products.

What was unknown back then, is that breathing in microscopic asbestos fibres in any quantity can cause serious illnesses, some of which have no known cure.

There are regularly court cases against companies who have not properly protected their workers against asbestos exposure. Secondary exposure to toxic asbestos has declined considerably in recent decades, but known cases of malignant mesothelioma caused by that type of asbestos exposure have continued to climb.

Increasing awareness has led to the contrasting trends and an expected rise in personal injury lawsuits involving secondary asbestos exposure.

The law requires construction based workers (plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other trades) to undertake regular training in asbestos awareness, but other workers are also at risk.

Teachers, archaeologists, vehicle mechanics and ships engineers for instance, are examples of workers who should also be made aware of the dangers of asbestos, and many people from these professions have benefited from our training.

We offer 2 Asbestos E-Learning courses:
Asbestos Awareness (EL15) – RoSPA & IATP
Asbestos for architects and designers (EL14) – RoSPA & IATP

Our course meets an exacting and approved standard. Course delegates will learn about the different types of asbestos, the beneficial properties of the material, adverse health effects associated with asbestos dust, where asbestos can commonly be found and what the law has in place both to protect workers and to enable duty holders to comply with legal requirements.

If you require support in your Risk assessing and working with asbestos, please contact us