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Take action to prevent the ‘silent killer’

asbestos-awareness-blogAsbestos has rightly been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. In London alone it has resulted in the death of 4,272 people over the past 30 years. All had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos fibres which root themselves in the victims’ lungs.

Although the material has been banned in new building construction since 2000, cases of asbestos-related cancer aren’t expected to reach their peak until 2016. A £380m government scheme to compensate victims came into force this month.

Those who have had jobs involving working with or disturbing asbestos are most likely to be affected, but millions of us still work or live in buildings that may contain the material. Because asbestos is often mixed with other material, it’s hard to be sure if you’re working with it or not.

Employers must ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to any employees who could be exposed to asbestos during the course of their work.

Our Asbestos Awareness e-learning course provides information on the different types of asbestos, where it is likely to be found and its potential dangers as well as how to deal with it safely and what the law says about it.

Using online e-learning for staff training saves time, offers flexibility and allows a complete audit trail of training taken and any follow-up actions required. It is also extremely cost-effective.

To find out more about the Asbestos Awareness course or any of our other e-learning programs, visit WorkRite or call us on 0345 345 0030.