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HSE TARGET YOUNG WORKERS ON ASBESTOS RISK

Regulator organises asbestos awareness events for younger generation

Young workers in construction are being targeted by HSE with a series of asbestos awareness courses in Yorkshire. The courses – in Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull, Beverley and Goole – organised by HSE and industry partners to reinforce the importance of appropriate asbestos training

The half-day training sessions have been designed to benefit individuals, sole traders and major employers. The courses cost £10 (£20 for a firm with more than 16 employees) and are accredited by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA).

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and take place on 20 March Sheffield; 22 March Doncaster; 25 March Hull; 26 March Beveley and 2 April Goole. Contact Jan Foers, HSE event coordinator, for further information on 07786 190938, or Mark Atkinson at Clugstons, mark.atkinson@clugston.co.uk

HSE Inspector Medani Close said:

“Many young tradespeople believe that because asbestos is no longer used in building work, it no longer poses a threat to them. But that simply is not true and is a potentially dangerous assumption to make.

Asbestos was widely used in domestic, commercial and industrial premises for decades before it became illegal, and its presence is still widespread – and will be for many years to come.

Asbestos awareness training will help people in the building trades to recognise asbestos, understand its dangers and educate them about the steps that they can take to protect themselves.”

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