WHY IS ASBESTOS TRAINING SO IMPORTANT?
In order to understand just how important asbestos training is, it’s vital that we understand the nature of asbestos. Asbestos is made up of thin and fibrous crystals, which when breathed in, are known to cause mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lungs). Unfortunately, a significant number of buildings constructed prior to the year 2000 may have been insulated using asbestos. When working in close proximity to asbestos, it is very likely that you will disturb the material, which causes its particles to float up into the air and inhaled by those working at the site.
Current research shows that there are over 5,000 asbestos-related deaths each year in the UK alone, which further highlights just how important it is that those who are likely to be working where asbestos may exist are properly trained on how to best work around the substance.
Any employer must make sure that any employees who are likely to come into contact with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials have had training on how to work with this material in a safe way.
Who Needs To Attend An Asbestos Training Course?
With asbestos or asbestos-containing materials still being found in a number of buildings even today, there are a whole host of workers, from a variety of professions that could benefit from asbestos training in some form. Asbestos training is considered an urgent priority for any ‘high-risk’ individuals, you would fall into this category if you:
- Work on buildings constructed prior to 2000 (i.e. many buildings in the UK)
- Are working on an unfamiliar site (another high probability for most in the trade)
- Are working where asbestos-containing materials were not identified before work started
- Are working where asbestos-containing materials were identified but details were not passed on to the supervisor
- Do not know how to identify and work safely alongside asbestos-containing materials
- Have not attended a UKATA approved training course
- Are aware of asbestos risks but cut corners for money and time-saving purposes
What Asbestos Training Courses Do Boss Training Run?
Here at Boss Training, we conduct three asbestos training courses that are suitable for a range of individuals from a variety of sectors. To find out more about each of the courses we offer, read on below:
UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course
The UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course is in place to educate workers on the potential dangers of the material and how they should handle asbestos, should they come into contact with it. This course will also give delegates training in risk prevention when it comes to asbestos, this will help to ensure all of your employees are safe at all times when working in close proximity to the material.
This course is aimed at anyone who is likely to work with asbestos in any capacity.
UKATA Duty To Manage Course
The UKATA Duty To Manage Course was brought in as an extension to the Asbestos Awareness Course. It covers all of the practical and theoretical daily management of asbestos that a manager of a site must be aware of to guarantee the safety of all employees present.
This course is aimed at any employees who will be managing a site that may contain asbestos or asbestos-containing materials. It is generally attended by managers, business owners and supervisors.
UKATA Non Licensed Asbestos Removal Course
The UKATA Non Licensed Asbestos Removal Course is a must for anyone who will knowingly be disturbing low risk asbestos containing materials whilst in the workplace. A training needs analysis will be carried out prior to the course, so a member of our team will be in touch to find out more about the types of asbestos-containing materials you are likely to come into contact with, enabling us to tailor the course to your requirements.
At Boss Training, we understand just how important it is to guarantee the safety of your employees at all times. If you would like to take advantage of our first-class health and safety training courses, please feel free to discuss your requirements with a member of our friendly team by calling 01422 358 184 or book online using our simple enquiry form.