While asbestos fibers are no longer used in major building and construction materials like floor and ceiling tiles, roofing materials and insulation pipes, the risk associated with the fibers can’t be discounted. When the asbestos-containing materials are unsettled and disturbed in the form of repairs and renovations, then there’s a big chance that the asbestos will be airborne thus will heighten the risk for certain diseases. Asbestos exposure can lead to certain diseases, often leading to death including mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. Asbestos can kill, thus it’s important that workers and employers should take appropriate steps to keep risks at bay.
Safety starts with instruction and awareness
Asbestos fiber will only become health risk if this has been disturbed, for example when an old building designed or built before the 1980s has been subjected to repairs or there have been damages to materials. As soon as fibers have been inhaled by a worker, these can cause respiratory diseases that can even lead to death. This is where employee awareness comes into the picture. As an employer, you should be aware of your administrative and social responsibility. And this can be done by building awareness in the workplace through instruction and seminars.
At the core of the training for workers and management is to understand and locate the asbestos-containing materials or ACM, and discover the best ways on how to handle these construction materials. These types of training and seminars are often recommended for home repair and construction business that normally work with buildings. Training and seminars can be developed in-house or through the help of professionals who are in the business of delivering health and safety training.
The popular training programs are available and hosted in a physical location, with speakers and demonstrations. Another variant of the training is a video module that’s streamed online. This type of training is a great alternative for companies with remote physical locations or when a direct and face-to face instruction is not feasible. This training variant will often cover introduction to asbestos and best practices in asbestos management.
Whatever mode of training is selected, it’s critical that an awareness campaign should not just remain as a one-shot deal. Worker competence and awareness aren’t developed overnight. Rather, it should be continuous and should form part of worker lifestyle to generate the best results.