How Our IATP Asbestos Awareness Course Can Help You
Posted by Mike Stevens – Client Service Director
We’re all familiar with Asbestos. Used regularly throughout the 1960s and 70’s, 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 much clearer, the use of asbestos was gradually banned.
But you probably already knew that. What you might not have realised, however, 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.
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 and it is anticipated to continue. The dangers are still very much alive in the modern workplace and, if you fail to deal with them effectively, this substance could prove truly disastrous for your organisation, employees and those who may undertake work on behalf of the organisation.
For over 50 years, asbestos has been public enemy number one. Causing widespread disease and whipping the media up into an inevitable storm, what was once labelled the “Miracle Mineral” is now known as a deadly, unrelenting menace. Although breathing it in 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 2595 mesothelioma deaths as recently as 2016. 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.
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 at some point if they are not able to recognise where it might be found or are unaware of its dangers. 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. An 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.
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. Not only does this make sure they aren’t taking part in training while feeling half-asleep, 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 assessment. After all, this is the only way workers can actually prove they’ve learnt everything they need to know!
Although the IATP has set a requirement that all approved eLearning courses have got until 30th September 2019 to implement these changes, the Praxis42 course is already up to date with these requirements—as employees will only be awarded an IOSH and IATP Asbestos Awareness certificate once they’ve passed the end assessment.
So, by choosing Praxis42, you can ensure that employees aren’t just receiving approved relevant 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 . Until the IATP deadline has passed, this isn’t necessarily something every other course is able to provide and able to provide the compliance assurance.