Why is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos takes the lives of a recorded 5000 workers each year! 20 tradesmen die per week due to previous exposure to asbestos.


The effects of this substance has been around for years and years, however the highest of risks will be working with much older buildings and it can very much be present today, in buildings refurbished or built before the year 2000.

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. Therefore, it is important that you protect and educate yourself now! Remember you can’t see or smell asbestos fibres in the air!


Asbestos can cause some of these fatal/ serious diseases:

• Mesothelioma

• Asbestos-related lung cancer

• Asbestosis

• Pleural thickening

Health and safety statistics, Key figures for Great Britain (2021/22)

“Three was 2,544 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures in 2020”


We offer an asbestos Awareness course on our website: Total Construction Training – eLearning Training Courses (videotilehost.com)


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Recognise asbestos, where it is used, be informed about the risks of working with asbestos and how to minimise the risks while learning about the legislation about working with asbestos.

Target Audience
The course is aimed at people starting out in the construction industry.

The course can be used as part of a company induction process. It can also be used to aid in preparation for the level 1 award Health and Safety in a construction Environment.

Further Progression
For more detailed information on key health and safety issues we offer a wide range of courses including Asbestos Awareness, working at heights, Risk Assessment and many more on our website.


Email: info@totalconstructiontraining.co.uk

Phone: 01527 893076

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