Small businesses to benefit from asbestos training

HSESmall businesses are being invited to attend free workshops being run across Lancashire to help them prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos.

The six half day events are all free to attend and will include guidance on everyday activities, the risks of disturbing the fabric of a building and items that may contain asbestos.

The events, organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the construction industry’s Working Well Together campaign, are being held at:

One Stop Hire
Blackburn on 4 June – 9am-12.30pm and 1-4.30pm

Skills Construction Centre
Preston on June 8 – 9am-12.30pm and 1-4.30pm

506 Four Oaks Road
Preston on June 11 – 9am-12.30pm and 1-4.30pm.

The course is accredited by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and provides a comprehensive introduction to the dangers of working with asbestos, helping employers to comply with the law by ensuring that their workers are appropriately trained in order to work safely.

It also covers the differing categories of asbestos and how it is used in buildings, and how to deal with asbestos in an emergency.

Dorothy Shaw, principal inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said: “A very wide range of workers could potentially come into contact with asbestos – ranging from traditional construction trades to the installation of telecommunications and computer equipment or shop fitting.

“These free events will provide essential information and advice that could help save lives, so I urge local businesses to attend.”

For more information and to book your free place, contact Bernadette Barrett on 0151 951 4871 or bernadette.barrett@hse.gsi.gov.uk