Asbestos awareness: take action to prevent the ‘silent killer’

Britain's death toll from asbestos is at a 'crisis level', according to government figures. In fact each year more people die from asbestos exposure than on the roads.

The rise in deaths has been blamed on 'criminal failings' by industry and government made decades ago, according to the Guardian. Because it's resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, and does not conduct electricity, asbestos was a popular material used extensively for many decades.

Unfortunately it's also highly toxic, made of microscopic fibres that - if inhaled, can badly damage the lungs. One of the main ways people die from asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, a type of cancer that usually affects the lining of the lungs.

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.

Thursday 26 September is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a good time to remind staff about the dangers of asbestos and make sure all training is up to date. 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 our WorkRite page, or call us on 0345 345 0030.