DIY work is becoming more and more common in all aspects of personal and business projects. With the rise in online ‘How To’ guides and YouTube video walkthroughs, complex projects can look like straightforward tasks, but unfortunately for most things, this isn’t the case, especially not when working with hazardous materials like asbestos.
Recently, a report in the Hull Daily Mail reported that unskilled workers had attempted to remove asbestos tiles armed with nothing more than hammers at a local shop building. While this may have saved time and money, the costs are genuinely lethal to the people who undertook this task. In this particular case, workers took down a total of 1000m2 of the asbestos board, meaning that the exposure to themselves and anyone in the vicinity would be extensive. They are likely to see some health impacts from this in the future.
Here are our top asbestos-containing materials that are often disturbed by DIYers and building and construction companies:
Fibre Safe are passionate about educating businesses about the correct management of asbestos and why the proper handling of asbestos-containing materials is paramount. When asbestos is disturbed, the hazardous fibres are released into the air, and when inhaled, they can cause very severe health issues, mainly affecting the lungs. Asbestos poses much less of a risk left where it is, providing that it is structurally stable. HSE recommends that asbestos-containing materials are not deconstructed wherever possible due to these complications when fibres are disturbed.
What training courses are available?
Fibre Safe offer two main courses that incorporate all of the crucial knowledge of working with asbestos-containing materials.
The first asbestos training course is our Category A – Asbestos Awareness course. This course focuses on working in an environment where asbestos is present. Primarily, this course is about how to take the proper measures that prevent you from disturbing asbestos while working in the environment. This serves as an introduction to the hazards and issues that working in these environments presents, particularly once the asbestos is disturbed. In addition, this course will provide companies and employees with a clear and concise understanding of the legalities of ensuring that workers are correctly trained in asbestos management, and this is just as much of a moral obligation as it is a legal one.
The second asbestos training course is Category B – Asbestos Training Non-Licensed Removal. This centres around how to safely remove asbestos when you absolutely cannot complete the work required without disturbing the asbestos-containing materials. Of course, this training course also includes everything from Category A.
Contact Our Team
Fibre Safe offer the best Asbestos Awareness Training Courses in Chester so, get in touch with Fibre Safe by calling 0800 458 4136 or by filling out the contact form on https://fibresafe.com/contact/.
You can also explore the asbestos awareness training courses in a little more detail by visiting the dedicated page https://fibresafe.com/asbestos-training/