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Importance of Asbestos Surveys and Training

Asbestos was a very commonly used material in the construction industry during the 20th century. Due to its natural insulation properties, it was seen as a perfect construction material. However, asbestos is now very commonly known for its detrimental health implications, causing respiratory issues including asbestosis and even cancer. 

It is vitally important that when dealing with restoration or demolition of any buildings erected during the height of asbestos use are fully evaluated and assessed using asbestos surveys. Keeping your employees and the public safe from asbestos should be your number one priority when it comes to these types of construction projects.

At Ensafe we are proud to be one of the UK’s trusted asbestos consultants and training specialists, dedicated to keeping you compliant without complication. We provide a wide range of asbestos services including full asbestos surveys and project management as well as training courses to make sure you and your employees are always putting safety first. Here are a few things you should consider when starting any construction work.

 

  1. The Dangers 

Asbestos can be extremely dangerous to your health if not dealt with correctly. Any building that was built or refurbished before 2000 could potentially house this extremely dangerous material, and any disturbance of areas containing it could cause long term health effects in any employees or people that might be exposed. Asbestos is harmless until it is disturbed or damaged. In disturbing it, small fibres are released into the air and can enter the lungs causing severe health conditions that may remain unnoticed for years, until it is too late to treat.

Conditions such as lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening still kill tradespeople every week from past exposure to improperly controlled asbestos. Therefore, it is vitally important to make sure that your workers are aware of any asbestos in the building they are working on and are trained in proper practices to ensure everyone is as safe as possible. 

 

  1. Importance of Surveys

It is important to remember that every building owner has a responsibility to know the asbestos status in all your properties. The first thing you should do before beginning any work, renovations or demolitions is to get a fully accredited company to carry out asbestos surveys. It is important that even if you do not have any current plans to do any building work on-site that you still ensure a full asbestos survey is carried out so that you can create a maintenance plan to avoid any damage or disruption to the asbestos that will cause long term health conditions. 

A fully accredited asbestos survey from Ensafe will provide you with a management and remediation plan that is specifically tailored to your business to ensure the best solutions for each of our clients' individual needs. We use our in-house labs to provide accurate, professional and high-quality solutions at a cost-effective price to give you the best level of service that you can trust. 

 

  1. Training Your Staff

After you have carried out your asbestos surveys and know what you are dealing with, your work is done, right? Not quite. If you want to make sure that all your workers are up to date with their knowledge around asbestos and how to avoid causing disruptions, then it is important to give them the correct training to allow them to do so. Working in an area of designated risk can be extremely dangerous so safety should be your number one priority. 

 At Ensafe, we are proud to be one of the leading asbestos training providers in the UK. We provide workers with fully accredited asbestos training courses to inform on the distinct types of asbestos, the properties and how it can be detrimental to health. This allows workers to have the best information to ensure safety and provides them with a plan and procedures to follow should there be an accidental release of asbestos. 

Our asbestos training courses are fully accredited by the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and are expertly planned to provide you with all the legal requirements to be fully compliant with all asbestos regulations. We offer these courses either in-house or at any of our training facilities. 

Our asbestos services are available across the UK. So, if you are interested in finding out more information on our asbestos survey and training services, contact us today!

 

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