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    BUILDING TRADES INVITED TO BECOME ‘ASBESTOS AWARE’

    HSE and WWT offer budget asbestos awareness training for smaller contractors

    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 HSE.

    The courses are aimed mainly at small and medium businesses and welcome everyone from joiners and painters to plumbers and general builders.

    Eight half-day training sessions are being held: on 25 May in Goole, 26 May in Grimsby 15 June in Hull and 16 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.

    Booking forms are available at www.wwt.uk.com or contact jan.foers@hse.gsi.gov.uk  or mark.atkinson@clugston.co.uk.

    Survey and protect or face prosecution

    Asbestos is known throughout the sector as the ‘hidden killer‘ and causes around 4,000 deaths each year. HSE has stated it 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.”

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