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The importance of asbestos training

Ensafe along with the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) are urging construction workers to understand the importance of asbestos training.

Asbestos was banned more than 20 years ago in UK however, because of a lack of awareness of the dangers of asbestos, the deadly building material is still claiming the lives of more than 1,000 tradespeople people every year.

Asbestos is thought to have been used in more than 4,000 products, including ceiling tiles, cement fireplaces and textured ceilings, and is often mixed with other materials making it almost impossible to detect.

Following the guidance from the HSE, Ensafe recommends that asbestos refresher training courses should be undertaken to help ensure knowledge of asbestos awareness is maintained. The asbestos regulations also make it clear that asbestos training for non-licensable and licensable asbestos works should be carried out at least annually.

Why is asbestos training important?

Asbestos awareness training is the law

Did you know that it is a legal requirement? Under the current asbestos regulations (The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) there is a specific requirement for persons who may come into contact with asbestos to have asbestos awareness training.

Asbestos awareness training is not only required for trades personnel, but it is also required for all persons who might influence their work. This may include their managers, supervisors and line managers. It may also include the building manager and client instructing these types of works.

Asbestos training can save you money

Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), tradespeople are legally required to ensure construction work and repairs are undertaken safely and without damaging worker’s and other people’s health. Anyone that fails to do this can lead to large fines.

A prime example of this has been in the press recently, a construction company and its customer have both been fined after failing to manage asbestos safely during a refurbishment. The client knew there was an issue with asbestos but did not tell the contractor. But magistrates decided that the contractor should have anticipated it anyway. Both were fined substantial amounts.

This shows the importance for both the client and contractor to undertake asbestos training to ensure fines like are avoided.

Asbestos training could save your life and others!

Asbestos is the still the UKs biggest industrial killer. Asbestos related diseases are responsible for over 4,500 deaths a year. With more than 1,000 if these deaths being tradespeople and construction workers.

Next Steps…

If you haven’t already done so, book your asbestos training course with Ensafe now. We offer a wide of courses which you can find here. Call the team on 01604 878 190 or email [email protected]

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