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23rd June 2017
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Building trades workers invited to get asbestos aware
Workers in building trades in the Humber region are being given the chance to learn how to recognise and deal with one of their industry's biggest killers - asbestos.
A series of training courses is being offered by the South Yorkshire & Humber Working Well Together Group - a partnership between key players in the construction sector and allied trades, plus the Health & Safety Executive. Courses are aimed mainly at small and medium businesses and welcome everyone from joiners and painters to plumbers and general builders.
Eight sessions are being run by the Group over the next month in Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Beverley which will give young and older workers alike vital knowledge and awareness of what asbestos is, what it looks like in various forms and how to deal with it if it is discovered while working on a job.
Known throughout the sector as the 'hidden killer', asbestos causes around 4,000 deaths each year. The HSE will prosecute firms and individuals in the building trades for failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos.
HSE Principal Inspector David Redman, who is responsible for the construction sector in South Yorkshire & the Humber, said:
"Asbestos can be present in any building built before 2000, so there are literally tens of thousands of them in the region. Asbestos surveys should be carried out before work starts on a construction or demolition project and workers told where asbestos could be found and what should be done if it is discovered accidentally.
"Often this is not done, so the law requires anyone who may come into contact with asbestos at work to have asbestos awareness training. This includes joiners, electricians, decorators, heating engineers and general builders."
Half-day training sessions are being held on 15th June in Hull and 16th June in Beverley. Each costs £10 per person for a company with fewer than 15 employees or £20 for a company with 16 or more.
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