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Change your orientation about asbestos

I bring you good tidings! Yes, you know there is an online asbestos awareness training where you could learn about recognizing asbestos, where it’s used, minimizing the risks, and the legislation about working with asbestos. Let me brief you about the health effects of asbestos. Do you know human health effects from long-term unsafe asbestos exposure are well recognized?

Asbestos fibers can be easily inhaled and flow into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and also changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura).  Do you also know that diseases can lead to reduced respiratory function and death?

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Moreso, long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers also increases the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Enlargement of the heart can also occur as an indirect effect from the increased resistance of blood flow through the lungs.

Furthermore, asbestos exposure may be a causal factor in the development of a rare condition that is referred to as ‘retroperitoneal fibrosis’. This condition is the development of a fibrous mass behind the membrane lining the abdominal cavity, and this could lead to kidney failure. There are also reports that asbestos exposure may be an important risk factor for retroperitoneal fibrosis.

Do you now get it right that you need to participate in this online awareness training about asbestos? You will learn everything you need to know about keeping safe with asbestos. Some of the courses are:

Asbestos Awareness for Architects and Designers: This course will inform you about the risks of working with asbestos, the course will deliver a lot more information about: Recognising asbestos, where it’s used, minimizing the risks, and the legislation about working with asbestos. This course is a variation on the Asbestos Awareness course that contains specific information for designers and architects.

Assessing Display Screen Equipment: in this section, the focus is on companies who employ users of display screen equipment, or DSE as it’s often called, and is intended to be completed by those who will be assessing the DSE set ups of employees. DSE is a term that covers a wide range of equipment. If equipment like this is not set up correctly, users are at increased risk from certain disorders.

Basic Fire Safety Awareness: with this, you will learn in brief, why fires occur and what actions you must take to help prevent them from starting and the actions you must take when they do. By completing this course you will be making your workplace a safer environment.

Basic Fire Safety Awareness for Care Homes: this will teach you, in brief, why fires occur and what actions you must take to help prevent them from starting and the actions you must take when they do. Moreso, by completing this course you will be making your workplace a safer environment. This course is a variation on the Basic Fire Awareness course that contains information that is specific to employees of care and residential homes.

 OCCUPATIONS THAT COULD BE EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS

This is an extraction from the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Asbestos exposure is an issue for the following workplaces and employees:

  • Construction industry – disturbing asbestos-containing materials during building renovations or demolitions
  • Mechanics – vehicle brake and clutch repairs
  • Cement workers
  • Insulation workers and heating trades
  • Mining of asbestos occurring from natural mineral deposits
  • Processing of asbestos minerals (millers)
  • Manufacture of asbestos and containing products
  • Marinas – renovating or demolishing ships constructed with asbestos-containing materials
  • Sheet metal workers, plumbers, and pipefitters
  • Workers responsible for disposing of asbestos waste, and waste workers
  • Custodial workers – contact with deteriorating asbestos-containing materials in buildings

 


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