ELECSA as well as the NICEIC have teamed up with Central Compliance UK (CCUK) to educate electrical professionals on the dangers that asbestos can carry when working in asbestos affected areas. According to figures from the HSE, 14 people will unfortunately die early every day, this because of asbestos exposure. Ultimately this means that every year there are around 5,000 deaths caused by asbestos.
Asbestos is hands down the number one main killer when it comes to work related deaths in the UK. As well as being the reason for thousands of deaths each year, asbestos is also considered a huge factor in people having many health complications. Ever since 1999 there has been a total ban of asbestos, this does not however change the possibility that there are still a potential 12.5 million households that very likely still contain high amounts of asbestos. Contractors can take either face to face training or online training for asbestos awareness courses, these are fully certified the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA).
Marketing Director for NICEIC and ELECSA, Mark Smith explained the importance of asbestos awareness: “Tradespeople need to know they are working in a safe environment. These figures are a startling reminder of the work that needs to be done to protect those who are at greater risk of being exposed to asbestos. These courses will highlight what to look out for if they believe asbestos to be present in their vicinity and what immediate action they need to take to prevent themselves and others around them from being exposed to this harmful material.”
Managing Director for CCUK, Billy Quinn added: “We are delighted to be working with NICEIC and ELECSA who share the same passion to help standards and improve knowledge amongst construction workers. There are potentially thousands of contractors who are still not aware of the dangers surrounding asbestos. At CCUK we strive to get the message across that professional training can change the way today’s workers operate so they don’t put their lives at unnecessary risk.”
For more information you can visit here – www.niceic.com/asbestos-awareness-training