UKATA (UK Asbestos Training Association) provides a number of training modules to help keep everyone safer from the serious consequences of exposure to asbestos. Licensed removers are very specialist experts who remove and dispose of large amounts of asbestos but many building firms and renovators as well as plumbers and electricians are called upon to remove small amounts of asbestos when they work, especially on older properties. The level of asbestos in the air which is a recommended minimum (although zero is the actual safe level) of 0.1 fibres per cubic metre, which is easily achievable if care is taken.
The course covers using proper breathing apparatus and protective clothing as well as monitoring the air – the equipment needed is quite simple to use but accurate figures must be kept and the permanent recording of what is found is vital as illnesses due to asbestos exposure can take many years to manifest so it may be necessary to access reports a long time down the line.
Methods of safe removal of asbestos are relatively easy to follow, but it is essential to follow them to the letter and so proper asbestos removal training and the explanation of this importance must be clearly made to the workforce.
Following instructions to the letter
Asbestos removal is not something which can be allowed to be done by untrained people. Even a few fibres can cause huge damage to the lungs in years to come, from thickening of the pleura to mesothelioma, which is always fatal. If you have been diagnosed with a disease linked to asbestos and have ever worked in an environment which contained asbestos, you should be able to claim compensation as asbestos related disease is a recognised industrial condition.
Accident Advice Helpline will see you through your difficult time
If you have been exposed to asbestos or to any other substance in the pursuance of your work and the exposure was due to someone else’s negligence, you will be able to claim compensation if you become ill. This is one of the times when the three year rule does not apply, but generally, accidents must be claimed for in 36 months. You will need to have been to see a medical professional for advice on your condition but if you are eligible for compensation we will see it through for you on a ‘no win, no fee**’ basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown