Asbestos is still a very real threat to this day, with over 3000 people dying of asbestos-related diseases every year, that’s more than are killed on the roads every year. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand how much asbestos was used in the past and how it’s still prevalent in many buildings to this day.
Praxis42 take a look at how an asbestos awareness course can really help you and your employees become informed about the dangers of asbestos and in turn, helping your business.
Awareness courses have progressed greatly in the past few years and allow for greater flexibility for both the employer and the employee undertaking the course. Giving you the option to complete the course at any time that fits, removing the need to book an expensive course that ends up losing you a day or two of business along with the costs of traveling and sometimes accommodation.
Asbestos Awareness courses give your employees the knowledge they need to stay alert in the case of asbestos. This way, you’re not putting yourself, your employees and anybody that enters your business in danger, you’ll have multiple eyes on the job, on the lookout for any signs of asbestos.
Using e-Learning can change the entire culture of your business, moving away from long training days to adaptive and flexible online courses for a far cheaper price. Giving your employees the chance to improve their knowledge and skills at any time, on any device for a fraction of the price.
The most obvious way it can change your business is the safety aspect, something that should be your number one priority. With the asbestos awareness course, you increase awareness and knowledge of very real dangers that exist in many buildings that are around today.
The alternative is something that none of us want, since ignoring risk assessments or evaluation could result in employees or customers being affected by asbestos-related diseases such as Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and Lung cancer.
Many people don’t realize that ignoring the dangers of asbestos can affect your business greatly, through word of mouth and heavy fines enforced by the government. Word can spread very quickly if asbestos is known to reside in your building and you choose not to do anything, rightly affecting the number of customers that visit your business.
There have been several examples of businesses being fined when they expose people to asbestos either accidentally or knowingly. In July 2012, a contractor, their client and it’s demolition contractor were “fined £1.27m after exposing workers to asbestos during a project to create a new home for an expanding primary school”. Although “no pupils were exposed to asbestos fibers” the businesses we still fined a huge amount for their lack of detailed surveying.
It’s vital that when you open your business you do hire contractors to conduct detail surveys, properly administered so that nobody is put at risk with no chances being taken.
To spread awareness of the dangers of asbestos, get in touch with an e-Learning provider such as Praxis42 today!
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