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Tradesmen – Don’t put yourself or those around you at risk!

Tradesmen – Don’t put yourself or those around you at risk!

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos kills around 20 tradesmen each week, including 8 joiners, 6 electricians and 4 plumbers. Workers involved in the maintenance, refurbishment and other similar trades are the group most at risk when it comes to contracting an asbestos related disease. Anyone who works on the fabric of a building is at risk, which includes the following professions:

o Heating engineers, plumbing engineers

Who needs Training?

It is a legal requirement for all workers who are liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work should be trained so that they can recognise asbestos containing materials and know what to do if they come across them. The main groups of people include:

Do You Know the True Cost of Providing Training?

The traditional place of training within an organisation has historically been seen as a cost centre, which in tough economic times is often one of the first budgets to be cut.  What is forgotten is that when classroom based training is seen as an unsatisfactory and non cost effective means of education for employees, alternatives are available.  When costing training, companies need to consider the cost of training against other areas of expenditure; there are several things to consider when costing a training programme: