Health and safety training is an essential part of any and every workplace.
As an employer, you have a duty to ensure that your employees are aware of, and understand, the potential risks and hazards faced in the workplace and how to reduce them. This is also true when it comes to asbestos.
Aside from the fact that it is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for anyone who may encounter asbestos to have the appropriate training, there are many benefits that come with asbestos awareness training.
As explained in a previous blog post ‘Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?‘, asbestos poses a serious health threat that can result in fatality. Employees at risk of exposure to asbestos should be provided with comprehensive training that covers the health risks, PPE and emergency procedures. This will enable them to take the necessary steps to protect themselves, where possible, from the dangers of asbestos.
Furthermore, if your employees have asbestos awareness certificates, potential clients will be more likely to use your services as you can show that your team has the knowledge and expertise required to manage asbestos.
The qualifications and skills of your employees directly affects the reputation and profitability of your business and a certificate like this will improve the credibility of your business.
It will also reassure your employees that you take their safety seriously because you are investing in important online training and allowing them the time to earn a certificate before carrying out any dangerous work that could put their health at risk.
This will in turn motivate and, potentially, retain your employees as it has been proven that training, or lack thereof, plays a large factor in an employee’s decision on whether to leave a company.
If an employer demonstrates that they appreciate and value their staff by providing them with training that could help them develop current and new skills, this will encourage employees to stick with the company.
As you can see, asbestos awareness training is more than just a legal requirement; it brings in more clients, helps to retain employees and keeps your staff safe and happy. It’s an essential workplace tool and we encourage you to get your employees trained up before any work starts.