It often seems that the official attitude to the continuing deadly dangers of asbestos are wholly negative. The highlighting of countless number of long, drawn out cases battling for mesthelioma compensation against former employers, insurers and defendants lawyers belies the good work being carried out by many organisations and concerned groups.

Key to helping implement much legislation aimed to improve the lives of asbestosis sufferers are the numerous health and safety organisations, principle of whom are the HSE ( Health & Safety Executive), who work everyday to bring the message to workplace, schools and business.

The are constantly fighting to raise asbestos awareness, which ultimately, will help to change prevalent attitudes and neglect of responsibilities, and finally lead to justice being obtained from a rightful asbestosis claim.

One such group are the UKATA, the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association for both Asbestos Awareness (Category 3) and Non-Licensed Asbestos Training (Category 2).

They oversee the individual training initiatives by various small groups in order to ensure that membership of their organisation guarantees that trainers are experienced asbestos professionals with a balance of good practical knowledge with excellent teaching skills.

The running of asbestos awareness courses around the UK is an invaluable source of extensive and precise knowledge, providing essential, necessary asbestos advice to a company workforce.

Asbestos awareness training is aimed at specific employees whose work could reasonably expect exposure to asbestos. Particular priority is focused on all demolition workers, employees in refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades, where asbestos exposure is highly likely as their work will disturb the fabric of buildings containing the hidden asbestos materials.

Individual company training needs analysis are conducted prior to the course which customise training given to the daily work activities a company actually does.

Points covered include:

  • The properties of asbestos and its effects on health.
  • The types of uses and likely occurrence of asbestos in buildings and plant.
  • The general procedures to be followed to deal with an emergency (e.g. uncontrolled asbestos release).
  • How to avoid the risks from asbestos, e.g. in building work.

In addition, training for non-licensable asbestos work can be supplied, where it is applicable for maintenance workers, their supervisors and others whose work will knowingly disturb asbestos containing materials.

This training would include, amongst other topics:

  • Drilling holes in asbestos cement sheets and asbestos containing textured coatings.
  • Asbestos exposure risk assessments.
  • Decontamination, emergency and waste handling procedures.