Asbestos Interactive Lesson for Apprentices

Health and Safety Executive has produced this 45 minute Asbestos interactive lesson for apprentices showing the dangers of asbestos. It is primarily at trades apprentices in the 16 - 19 age group, for delivery by college lecturers and other vocational education providers. It is also relevant to, and capable of being delivered by, industry professionals, e.g. as part of workplace training. Research shows that although tradespeople know that asbestos is harmful to health, they believe that it is a historical problem, and so do not take action to protect themselves. This package is designed to raise awareness of apprentices about the risks they face when working with asbestos, providing them with basic guidance about what they need to do. Younger people, if routinely exposed to asbestos fibres over time, are at greater risk of developing disease than older workers. This is due to the latency of the affects of asbestos on the body. Providing apprentices with key information at an early stage means they are better equipped to challenge poor work practices and protect themselves.

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