JTL Backing For New Drive On Asbestos Awareness

12 January 2015     JTL

JTL is giving its support to a campaign encouraging tradespeople to become more aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The campaign is being led by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for whom a recent survey revealed that the average tradesperson came in contact with deadly asbestos more than 100 times each year. Messages from the campaign include knowing if it is safe to continue working or to call upon the services of a licensed asbestos contractor in the case of high risk. The material is contained on a downloadable free web app with a series of simple multiple choice questions that will help the contractor make the best informed decision

“Many of the issues associated with working around asbestos are surrounded by unhelpful and often dangerous myths,” said JTL’s Health & Safety Manager, Steve Smith. “It is ridiculous to think that drinking a glass of water after working in an asbestos contaminated area or just opening a window can safeguard someone from the health issues associated with asbestos contact.”

Philip White, HSE’s Chief Inspector for Construction commented:

“Asbestos is still a very real danger and the survey findings suggest that people who come into contact with it regularly often don’t know where it could be and worryingly don’t know how to deal with it correctly, which could put them in harm’s way. Our campaign aims to help understand some of the simple steps that tradespeople can take to stay safe.”

In the autumn JTL achieved accreditation from IOSH for the training provider’s Asbestos Awareness course. This is a one-day programme that meets an employer’s legal requirement and provides certification that may assist in reducing business insurance premiums. Asbestos Awareness is run on an open course basis, bringing together a range of personnel from different companies, at our premises in Birmingham, Tankersley in Yorkshire, Wrexham and Orpington. Costs is £90 + VAT per attendee, which includes refreshments. Customised courses for five or more delegates can be planned on employer’s premises or local venues where numbers are at least five people.

“It is genuinely important that those in all parts of building services engineering give asbestos the serious consideration that is required,” continued Steve Smith. “Failure to act on awareness of the matter is both a legal and moral responsibility, so we strongly welcome the HSE spotlight on these issues.”  


JTL Backing For New Drive On Asbestos Awareness

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