Planning an office fit-out? Stay safe with asbestos awareness training
Asbestos, known as the ‘hidden killer’, is a natural material that was traditionally used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. But in recent years, research has shown that the product can have serious and even lethal health risks.
Asbestos has been used for a variety of purposes in the past. Its resistant to heat, fire, electricity and chemicals made it ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless the fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged. However, in this state the product can be lethal – current statistics show that each week, approximately 20 tradespeople die from the ‘hidden killer’.
Asbestos fibres are small enough to pass into the lungs, and are resistant to the body’s normal defence mechanisms. The fibres can remain in the lungs and eventually cause fatal diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Legislations such as the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR2006) are now in force to protect tradespeople, and to ensure that employers deliver adequate information, instruction and training to their employees, along with those who are exposed to asbestos during their everyday working activities.
Safety and consultant services such as Qube Solutions Services Ltd have been set up to help those in the property and construction industry combat the issue of asbestos, by providing surveys and awareness training. Services also include monitoring the condition of a building containing asbestos, repairing exposed areas by sealing or encapsulating it, or removing the material completely if there is a risk of exposure.
Qube are now offering a course, aimed at a wide range of tradespeople such as office fitters, electricians, plumbers, joiners, plasterers, demolition workers, construction workers, architects, building surveyors, and more. The course provides a BES Training Asbestos Awareness Site Card, which is valid for 12 months in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 10 of CAR2006.
For further details, visit the website at www.qube-uk.co.uk.