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Protecting the People and the Environment

Posted on Tuesday 13th May 2014 by Graham

There has never been a time when Environmental issues have been less high profile than they are today. Whether it is a story on global warming, landfill or even the possible dangers of smog. You do not have to be a ‘Green’ person or a ‘Tree Hugger’ to have come across many of the scare stories out there.

As such Asbestos Training Limited have become increasingly aware of the need to spread the message in the safe identification and the methodology of dealing with asbestos, whether leaving it in situ or ensuring the safe disposal of it. Every single person in the UK has, and will, come into contact with asbestos during the course of their lifetime. It is in buildings countrywide and treated correctly this presents no problem to health or the environment. Treated incorrectly it can become the dangerous substance everyone believes it to be and can in turn prove to have clear detrimental effects on the environment and individual’s health.

Firstly we need to dispel the myths. Asbestos was used in many and various applications from the 1950’s to the late 1990’s because it had many positive aspects attributed to it. Now due to legal restrictions it is no longer employed in any aspect of the Construction Industry. However if it remains where it was, left undisturbed, it presents no danger to either health or the environment. However due to either deterioration or disturbance it may not be either safe or suitable to leave. If this is the case then correct procedures being applied and using properly qualified and licensed Contractors to deal with it, can ensure its safe removal and disposal. Asbestos Training Limited are at the forefront of trying to spread the message and by applying good quality training to those at the ‘Coal Face’ we can ensure that everyone is properly protected as well as the environment.

It is a win win to ensure that your training is of the highest quality, provided by qualified trainers who ensure that they themselves keep up to date on legislative requirements, updates and changes. Today it is not the rarity that it once was for the Health and Safety Executive to turn up on construction sites and ask to see proof, that those working there are trained/qualified to meet the legal requirements. It is an expensive mistake to ignore this possibility as they have the power to close the site until the requirements are met. We here at Asbestos Training Limited can help prevent any unnecessary stoppages or surprises. We can advise on policies that need to be put in place as well as ensuring that all operatives, at whatever level in the Industry, meet both legislative and expectations to deal with asbestos safely and responsibly. That is in Everyone's interest.

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