Why take the risk with Asbestos?

Tina Ward, NDTG Trainer reports on the importance of mandatory Asbestos Awareness Training as part of the CCDO Card Scheme

The NDTG’s CCDO cards are not only fit for purpose, but provide an extra level of security to the men and women in demolition who risk daily contact with Asbestos.

The requirement for anyone who is likely to come into contact with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) to receive training on a recognised Asbestos Awareness course has been in place since 2006. This includes all sectors from plumbing, to painting & decorating. In fact, any occupation where there is a likelihood of coming into contact with, or disturbing ACMs.

The NDTG wanted to ensure that all Demolition Operatives, Supervisors and Managers were trained to be aware of areas within a structure where ACMs could be present. So, as part of this initiative, it was agreed that Asbestos Awareness Training was to be included as a mandatory requirement for the CCDO Card Scheme. This resulted in all card levels in the CCDO Card Scheme from Demolition Labourer up to and including Demolition Manager, to require proof of up-to-date Asbestos Awareness training delivered by a provider recognised by NDTG - prior to attending a CCDO Card Course. In this way, ensuring compliance with the Control of Asbestos at Work Asbestos Regulations 2012 for all employers, but more importantly the well-being of anyone involved in the Demolition process.

Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year, which is more than the number of people killed on the roads. Perhaps surprisingly, around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.

As many may assume, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 and in some cases after 2000. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, dangerous fibres are released into the air.

When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately, but can take anything from 10 to 60 years to have an affect. They often take a long time to develop but once diagnosed it is often, sadly, too late to do anything.

Although asbestos surveys are a legal requirement for all commercial holdings (since 2004) that are due for major refurbishment or demolition, we have all learnt from past experience within the industry that they are not always reliable.

We know there is a very strong possibility of more asbestos being found on site, which is why over the years NDTG has strived to supply training courses which are both robust, informative and specific for the Demolition Industry.

Take a CCDO Card, reduce your risk.

May 29, 2018

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