Asbestos Safety Training Crucial for Tradespeople

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A recent study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found that tradespeople across the United Kingdom are in need of training to correctly identify the correct measures for working near asbestos. This dangerous material can be found in buildings that were constructed before the year 2000, and it is important for workers who may encounter asbestos as part of their jobs to undergo safety training.

Asbestos is a major concern among tradespeople but many workers are unaware of the proper safety protocols. Source.

According to the report, Asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) are the single-largest cause of work-related fatalities, causing 4,500 deaths annually. Workers who are the most at-risk are those who frequently disturb the framework of buildings, including construction workers, carpenters, painters and decorators.

The HSE’s survey interviewed 500 tradespeople, and found that many were unaware of the risks presented by asbestos and misinformed about how to protect themselves. Fourteen percent of respondents thought that drinking a glass of water would protect them while 27% responded that opening a window would be a sufficient safety measure. Only 30% of respondents were able to identity all of the correct safe asbestos working protocols.

There are 1.8 million people in the UK who may be exposed to this material while at work, and they should become well-acquainted with the best practices for managing the risk of asbestos. There are many health and safety courses that provide this training, and it is crucial for workers to know the proper protocol in order to stay safe.

British Safety Services offers up a wide range of health and safety courses that provide workers with the essential knowledge required to keep them safe when dealing with hazardous substances. For more information, view our full Health and Safety Courses list.

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