The word asbestos can strike fear and alarm into the hearts of social housing landlords but knowledge and understanding can bring peace of mind, so appropriate training is the answer. The Wrekin Housing Trust has been providing cost-effective training solutions to landlords and their tradespeople throughout the UK.
It’s true that asbestos is a killer. It is responsible for 40 lung cancer deaths each week and is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.
Incorrect handling of asbestos can be a costly matter. Hefty fines running into tens of thousands of pounds are not unusual for landlords failing to comply with HSE regulations when dealing with asbestos.
What’s more, it is the landlord’s – not the contractor’s – responsibility to prevent tenants, residents, tradespeople, and even passers-by, from being put at risk from exposure to asbestos.
But asbestos needn’t cause alarm or panic, if it is dealt with safely and effectively.
The Wrekin Housing Trust is using its knowledge and in-depth understanding of the safe treatment and disposal of asbestos to help and support local councils, housing associations, private landlords and other social housing providers to be safe when managing asbestos.
The Trust has achieved the ROSPA Gold Health and Safety Award as well as other national awards for the health and safety training it delivers.
Its category A membership to UKATA means that training is suitable for all employees whose work could anticipate exposure to asbestos, including, managers and supervisors to tradespeople, engineers and contractors, as well as company directors.
Offering flexibility and convenience, training can be provided at the Trust’s Training and Development Centre in Telford, Shropshire, or at the location of your choice.
Training modules cover all aspects of safe working practices and demonstrate how HSE guidelines should be applied in the working environment. The course covers:
- The uses of asbestos and common locations;
- Why asbestos was used in certain locations;
- Legal considerations when dealing with asbestos;
- Emergency situations and how to deal with accidental disturbance of asbestos;
- Actions required by the Control of Asbestos regulations;
- Control of additional hazards including working at height;
- Effects of asbestos exposure;
- Best practice in asbestos management.
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Asbestos awareness training should be a priority
Did you know?
- Asbestos poses such a significant threat that it’s claimed that it is present in six out of ten flats that were built between 1965 and 1984.
- Rulings making the use of all forms of asbestos illegal were not passed until 1999 in the UK.
- Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart, has been directly linked to asbestos exposure.
- Unfortunately, the number of cases of Mesothelioma in the UK is expected to rise sharply for the next few years due to the abundant use of asbestos in industry from the end of the Second World War up until the mid-1970s.
- It is estimated that in the UK more than nine out of ten men with mesothelioma and more than eight out of ten women have been in contact with asbestos.
- A report entitled Projection of mesothelioma mortality in Great Britain, produced for the HSE, claims around 91,000 deaths could occur in the UK by 2050 as a direct result of asbestos exposure
- Asbestos is a natural fibre and is still mined today in some parts of the world
- The earliest known use of asbestos is 2,500BC when it was mixed with clay to make pots and utensils. It was also used by the Greeks, Romans and Persians.
- The asbestos industry began in 1858 with the founding of the H.W. Johns Manufacturing Company in New York.
Case study – don’t let this be you:
In 2014 one of the UK’s largest housing associations, providing care and housing for the elderly, was fined £10,000 for breach of regulations after putting residents and staff at risk when a lift shaft was installed in one of its buildings.
Asbestos fibres were released, exposing workers and residents to serious levels of pollution when boards containing asbestos were taken out of the lift shaft. It was deemed to have been a preventable scenario and therefore unnecessarily causing risk to those in and around the property.
If the landlord had been properly trained, it is possible that this risk, and the fine, could have been prevented.
Contact The Wrekin Housing Trust for your asbestos training on 01952 217100 or email@example.com