We’re all familiar with asbestos. Used regularly throughout the 1960s and 70s, this mineral was most commonly used in the construction and insulation of homes, offices, hospitals and pretty much every other building around that time. Of course, once the dangers became clearer, the use of asbestos was gradually banned. At Praxis 42, we have designed an IATP asbestos awareness course that allows your employees to learn about the dangers of asbestos.
What you may not know is that asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of work-related deaths. Although many of these casualties are due to asbestos exposure from decades ago, organisations still need to manage the legacy risk today. Our IATP asbestos awareness course can help your organisation manage these risks.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000, and still kills around 5,000 workers every year. This substance could prove truly disastrous for your organisation, employees and those who may undertake work on behalf of the organisation.
All employees who are at risk of exposure to asbestos-containing materials must undergo asbestos awareness training. Our Asbestos Awareness training course at Praxis42 helps ensure employees can work safely when around asbestos-containing materials, identify risks and know how to avoid problems by reporting hazards.
The dangers of asbestos
Although breathing in asbestos might not even result in any coughing and spluttering, the long-term effects of asbestos exposure can prove much more damaging.
Even decades later, workers are still dealing with the effects of accidental exposure to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) or working with the substance throughout the 1970s, with HSE reporting 2,595 mesothelioma deaths as recently as 2018. Asbestos exposure has also caused thousands of cases of lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening, with each of these respiratory issues developing gradually over many years.
Unfortunately, once this asbestos exposure has been discovered, it’s often far too late to do anything about it. That’s why it’s so important your employees participate in IATP asbestos awareness training so they know how to deal with working situations where asbestos might be present.
The importance of IATP asbestos awareness training
Although asbestos is no longer used in the construction, fireproofing or insulation of buildings, it’s still present in hundreds of thousands of older buildings across the UK.
Of course, that means there are plenty of plumbers, electricians and other workers out there who are bound to come into contact with asbestos. Once any existing ACMs have been disturbed, workers, passers-by and the occupants of premises are at risk of inhaling the asbestos fibres and potentially developing one of those deadly diseases.
As an employer, you have a legal obligation to protect these workers and others by providing them with appropriate and relevant training. Our IATP asbestos awareness course will help you minimise the threat of these lethal fibres, making sure every single one of your employees is fully aware of the dangers of accidental exposure to ACMs.
More importantly, they’ll be taught how to identify it and adequately protect themselves, while also meeting the minimum requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and the syllabus published in the guidance.
Why our IATP Asbestos Awareness course stands out
Instead of dragging workers out to a physical training course, organisations are now preferring more convenient and flexible eLearning programmes. So, what makes Praxis42 stand out from the crowd?
Our Asbestos Awareness course is delivered online to each individual employee, giving them the freedom to learn in whichever way works best for them. This makes sure they aren’t taking part in training while feeling half-asleep and can complete our IATP asbestos awareness course at a time best suited to their individual requirements.
Our online courses ultimately allow you to reduce costs and make sure you’re carrying out your legal responsibilities.
More importantly, our asbestos eLearning course is IOSH and IATP approved, meaning you can always be confident that employees are receiving the highest levels of training. The Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP), is seeking to raise online training standards in the UK even further, by introducing a requirement for all eLearning asbestos courses to include an end of training assessment.
Compliant with regulations
By choosing Praxis42 and our IATP asbestos awareness course, you’ll be undertaking training that’s accredited by both IATP and IOSH, and delivered by expert professional trainers who can pass on their knowledge to your employees.
You can ensure that employees aren’t just receiving approved relevant IATP asbestos awareness training, but that they’re also absorbing the information and providing assurance that they know where to find ACMs, how to avoid accidental disturbance and exposure, what to do if they suspect that ACMs are in the workplace and in the event of an emergency.
Our Asbestos Awareness course is accredited by the IATP and IOSH, delivering effective online training to help your employees identify and recognise the risks from asbestos-containing materials on premises.