Asbestos Awareness - UK (Update Available)

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Asbestos is responsible for around 5,000 deaths every year in the UK. These deaths are the result of repeated exposure to very high levels of airborne asbestos fibres during installation and industrial processes associated with asbestos products. Asbestos products were banned in 1999 and it's illegal to use asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in construction or renovation work. However, ACMs are still present in many buildings that were constructed or refurbished before 2000. This course offers awareness-level training to help you avoid work that may disturb asbestos and cause an accidental release of its dangerous fibres. The course meets the requirements of Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and HSE document L143. Specifically, the course explains what asbestos is, how it can affect your health, how it was typically used, potential locations of asbestos and ACMs in buildings, general emergency procedures for asbestos risks and how to minimise the risk of disturbing asbestos at work. This course was edited and updated by New Level Safety Limited a professional services company specialising in corporate health and safety management. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

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All workers in refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades where it is foreseeable that asbestos-containing materials may become exposed during their work, including architects, building surveyors, construction workers, computer and data installers, demolition workers, electricians, fire and burglar alarm installers, general maintenance staff, heating and ventilation engineers, joiners, plumbers, gas fitters, painters and decorators, plasterers, roofers, shop fitters, telecommunication engineers and other such professionals

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Asbestos Awareness - UK (Update Available)

  • identify common past uses of asbestos
  • recognise the form that asbestos takes
  • define the acronym ACM
  • identify characteristics of the three most commonly used types of asbestos
  • recognise the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos
  • identify groups at increased risk of developing negative health effects from exposure to asbestos |w
  • identify potential asbestos-containing materials inside and outside a building
  • take appropriate steps if you discover undisturbed asbestos at work
  • take appropriate steps in the event of an uncontrolled release of asbestos
  • identify guidelines that help minimise the risk of disturbing asbestos
  • recognise how to avoid the risk of asbestos exposure when carrying out work that may disturb the fabric of a building
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