If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos, then it’s important to speak with your GP, as continual asbestos exposure can lead to life threatening diseases including Mesothelioma. However, small levels of exposure do not tend to develop into serious injuries.
You should speak with your GP if you have the following symptoms and have previously worked with asbestos (or live with someone who has), or have encountered asbestos when completing DIY tasks:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Your GP will advise on the best course of treatment.
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
The danger of asbestos lies in its particles and fibres. If these are released into the air and ingested it can lead to the fibres becoming trapped in the mucous membranes of the nose, throat and even lungs. Over a prolonged period of exposure, these fibres begin to cause scarring on the lungs, which can lead to serious illness.
Even though the use of asbestos in construction was banned in the UK in 1999, older buildings may still contain the substance; therefore it’s danger is still a real threat a workers.
Due to the dangers and health impacts asbestos may have on workers, Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s such as Government agencies, have established regulations that impose a duty on employers to keep total occupational asbestos settings within a workplace below an eight-hour, time-weighted average for each day. Workers must also wear protective PPE equipment.
This can help to reduce exposure and potential illness, whilst Asbestos Awareness Training can help to improve safety and working methods.
Why Is Asbestos Awareness Training Important?
There are three core asbestos awareness training providers:
The courses provide you with a comprehensive understanding of asbestos and its dangers in order to reduce the risk of exposure to this harmful substance. They cover all the essential asbestos information, such as the different types, the dangers, employee responsibilities and emergency procedures: therefore reducing potential safety issues.
The beauty of these courses is that certification is instant and you’re able to take them online at a time and place to suit. It’s a great way to train new workers and refresh older workers on the dangers and how to remain safe when working with asbestos.