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Stay safe around asbestos with Facelift

Stay safe around asbestos with Facelift

5 January 2014 Email this article

Asbestos, once a widely used building material, is now known to cause everything from scarring of the lungs to fatal lung cancer. Subsequently, its use was banned in 1999.

However, this ban does not mean that the danger has passed. Because the ban was only introduced in 1999, there is a risk that in any building built before this year (i.e. most of them) asbestos will be present, ready to be released in its airborne form when work takes place. And because asbestos-related diseases can take years to develop, often you won't know what damage has been done until 15-60 years later.  Today, asbestos remains the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK and each week approximately 20 tradesman such as joiners, electricians and plumbers die from this hidden killer.

It’s no wonder then, that under the requirements of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, asbestos training should be given to all employees who could be exposed to the risk of asbestos through their work.

And for those who need to undertake such training, or organise it for their employees, help is at hand.

Facelift’s half-day asbestos awareness course covers everything from asbestos and its history, to how to identify asbestos and Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), the health effects if exposure takes place and emergency procedures.

Delegates will be tested on what they have learnt after the course, and successful candidates will be awarded The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) Asbestos Awareness Training Certificate, which is valid for 12 months and is proof that they have received the proper training regarding the deadly material.

The half day course costs just £80 per person and can be carried out on site if there is a minimum of 10 delegates attending the course.