Asbestos frequently asked questions What are the health risks from asbestos? Asbestos is responsible for over 5000 deaths every year.
Younger people, if routinely exposed to s over time, are at greater risk of developing asbestos related disease than older burberry uk online store sale workers. This is due to the time it takes for the body to develop symptoms after exposure to asbestos (latency). Exposure to asbestos can cause four main diseases: It can take anywhere between 15 60 years for any symptoms to develop after exposure, so these diseases will not affect you immediately but may do later in life. You need to start protecting yourself against any exposure to asbestos now because the effect is cumulative. Asbestos was burberry quilted jacket outlet price a widely used material within commercial buildings, homes and machinery until 1999, when it was banned. This means that asbestos is common in the general environment. However, working directly with asbestos containing materials (ACMs) can give personal exposures to airborne asbestos that are much higher price of burberry scarf at outlet than normal environmental levels. Repeated occupational exposures can give rise to a substantial cumulative exposure over time. This will increase the risk of developing an asbestos related disease in the future. The majority of the current fatal cases from asbestos exposure (approximately 4000 deaths per year) are associated with very high exposures from past industrial processes and installation of asbestos products. What do I do if I unexpectedly come across potential asbestos during my work? You should stop work immediately, confirm what it is or assume it is asbestos and carry out a risk assessment. This will help determine if the work requires a licensed contractor. You should only carry out non licensed work on asbestos if you have had the appropriate information, instruction and training. Should my employer provide me with personal protective clothing (PPE) for work with asbestos? Yes, if an employee is liable to be exposed burberry online outlet usa to asbestos, then employers should provide that employee with adequate personal protective clothing appropriate for the work that they will be doing. The HSE Asbestos essentials sheet on PPE provides further information. Do I need a certificate to prove that I have had asbestos training? There is no legal requirement to hold a certificate as proof of training, however, many training providers issue a certificate to indicate completion of a training course. Where will I find guidance/publications on asbestos? There are a number of practical publications on asbestos available for free download on the HSE website. Do I need a risk assessment before I start work on asbestos? Yes, A risk assessment must be carried out before any work on asbestos begins. Does work on asbestos cement require a licence? Most work on asbestos cement can be carried out without a licence providing workers have had appropriate information, instruction and training. The HSE Asbestos essentials series provides further information. How often do I need refresher training? Refresher training for licensable and non licensable work should be given every year.
This should be based on a training needs analysis. For awareness training, there is no need to repeat a full training course every year, however some suitable refresher should be given. This can be given as part of other health and safety updates.
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