Asbestos has been used for decades as an inexpensive industrial material with properties such as high tensile strength, heat resistance, incombustibility and resistance to chemical attack. It has been known for more than 50 years that exposure to asbestos can cause serious diseases including cancer and asbestosis.
Use of asbestos is now banned in most countries but it is still produced and used in some counties in Asia. However, even where use is not allowed, asbestos can still be present in buildings, industrial plants and ships. Those considered most at risk now are workers who may disturb asbestos materials during repair, maintenance and refurbishment work. It is important that the dangers of asbestos are understood by all those who may come in contact with it, with systems put in place to prevent or reduce exposure.
Attendees will understand the health hazards of exposure to asbestos, how exposure can occur and how these risks can be managed. With asbestos awareness provided, attendees will be equipped with the basic knowledge and considerations for safe planning of work.
Who should attend?
Professionals and workers who are involved in refurbishment works, service and maintenance and other similar trades. Engineers, demolition workers, plumbers, decorators, painters, electricians, construction workers, gas fitters, roofing contractors, building surveyors, architects and other such professionals.
1. Understanding asbestos
2. Dangers of asbestos
3. Health risks of asbestos containing materials
4. Legal requirements on asbestos
5. Asbestos risk assessment considerations
Continual Professional Development
WSHO 4 SDU
Attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance in 'Asbestos Awareness'.
This is an Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) accredited course.
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