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Why Asbestos awareness still matters

Posted on Thursday 19th June 2014 by Graham

The biggest misconception in the process of dealing with Asbestos and its safe handling is that its effects are a thing of the past; an unfortunate relic of an age we’ve since gone beyond; an old man’s disease. The truth, however, is a lot more cutting than that and, with estimates of up to 1.5 million buildings in the UK still containing asbestos, it’s still as crucial as ever that we educate and equip people with the knowledge needed to deal with cases effectively and here at Asbestos training limited we offer a range of course that does just that.

Fortunately, the mainstream media is also on board in raising awareness of asbestos and attempting to dispel the common misconceptions of whom can be effected by its presence. Prime time soap, Emmerdale, is one such source with a storyline currently running in which character Donna Windsor, played by Verity Rushworth, has revealed she’s suffering from the terminal cancer mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma, which is almost always the direct result of asbestos exposure, is an incurable cancer which attacks the outer lining of the lung due to a build-up of fluid between the lungs and ribs. The condition is deteriorative and progressively weakens its sufferer through immobilisation, fatigue, pain, and weight loss. Whilst chemotherapy, radiotherapy can be used to lessen the symptoms, suffers require a great amount of care an attention before they unfortunately pass.

Due to the generally held belief that the effects of asbestos take decades to show, the fact that the illness has struck one as young as the Donna character is a take on asbestos awareness that is against the curve but absolutely necessary in educating the general public that its professional controlling is still of great importance. A storyline like this can really put asbestos back into the public’s consciousness and raise the profile for those like Asbestos training limited who provide credited and professional training for its safe handling.

With cases of secondary exposure to asbestos rising and the 1.5 million buildings in the UK still with asbestos present, knowledge, education and awareness still matter and it’s why Asbestos Training Limited continue to be a market leader in the provision of asbestos awareness training and asbestos removal courses. Check out the Asbestos Training Limited website to browse our range of courses.

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