The Benefits of Asbestos Training
Posted on Tuesday 29th September 2015 by Graham
Asbestos can be anywhere and everywhere. You think you have everything covered before you get to site but is it enough to just take other people’s word for it? Of course it isn't!
You need to be 100% certain in your own skills and knowledge and to know for yourself exactly what Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM's) are and where you could possibly find them. Everyone involved in the construction industry should be aware and know the dangers. This range from builders to electricians, plumbers to cleaners.
The common feedback we receive from those attending our awareness training courses tell us that they discovered asbestos was put into, things they didn't even know about. For example, materials such as vinyl floor tiles, old ceiling tiles and even toilet cisterns!
So what are the major benefits of taking Asbestos Awareness training?
Apart from the obvious health and safety aspects the training will also help build your awareness and develop a vast and deep knowledge not just for you but amongst your site based employees, educating them to the hazards and harmful risks posed by Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) within their everyday working environment.
It will also offer an excellent overview of the legislative measures that are in place to safeguard you and your workers. This is a UKATA approved training course.
What are the other benefits?
Effective training and experience will help towards keeping work and contracts coming in from main contractors. If you have the relevant training, experience and certification this will all help with your credibility and reputation within the industry. I’d certainly recommend asbestos training to any small and medium-sized companies because it’ll help win you jobs with the bigger contractors.
One client told me of one site that he worked on they found asbestos tiles on an old office floor, the job was stopped immediately. The main contractor got a licensed asbestos company in and secured the site off. They carried out an air test before everyone was allowed to return back to work. That sort of safety procedure gives everyone confidence on site.
The personal element
Apart from what I have just mentioned above and how it can help your business, asbestos training is the right thing to do personally too. Do you have a family? Young children? Do you want to leave them behind or leave them to care for you in the near future?
3 points to remember when working with asbestos
1. If you are not sure whether it is asbestos or not, always work on the assumption that it is
Anything built after 2000 should not have asbestos because it was banned outright in 1999 - But there’s always that possibility some materials could have been used unlawfully so it’s always best practice and safe to check.
2. Ignore the myths, there's no such thing as 'safe' asbestos
Beware of the myths about blue and white asbestos. Some attendees on our courses have said they were told that white asbestos was safer than blue. It is not. Both blue and white asbestos is deadly and can be potentially harmful and fatal.
3. Asbestos isn’t only a problem during refurbishments
You don’t have to be carrying out major construction work or demolitions walls to come across asbestos. Anything from working in on an old boiler to installing a fire alarm is a potential risk. You can even be exposed to asbestos when crawling around in roof spaces converting a loft or installing new solar panels.
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