Keltbray, a UK leading specialist business which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail, environmental services and concrete structures today announced that the company is offering free asbestos safety training for DIY enthusiasts and tradespeople running small businesses.

There are 30 spaces up for grabs on Thursday 1 September at Keltbray’s state of the art training centre in Basildon, where most of the training will be undertaken in the practical zone, and where candidates will be shown what asbestos-containing materials look like. As part of the training, Keltbray’s professional trainers will also demonstrate where asbestos-containing materials can be found and discuss the handling of these.

This free training on offer from Keltbray is part of a nationwide ‘Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe’ campaign launched by the UK Asbestos Training Association’s (UKATA), of which Keltbray is a member.

Every week approximately 20 tradespeople in the UK die from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. With experts predicting the UK’s annual death rate from asbestos of around 5,000 (Health & Safety Executive Asbestos Danger) is set to soar in the next five years, the ‘Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe’ campaign has been launched to save lives by increasing awareness of the dangers associated with the handling of asbestos-containing materials.

Keltbray’s Training Manager, James Dawson (pictured with course delegates), said: “Asbestos is deadly if not handled correctly. As experts in the handling of asbestos-containing materials, we are therefore pleased to help highlight the dangers of asbestos and provide training for small companies and individual tradespeople, who may come into contact with these materials and be unaware of the dangers associated with the handling of it.”

“I would like to thank Keltbray Training for backing our Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign,” said Craig Evans, General Manager of UKATA. “In the last few years our members have delivered nearly 400,000 asbestos training courses but there remains a real need for essential training for all who may encounter the substance. Thousands of tradespeople have received no asbestos training of any kind and Keltbray is playing a key role in helping UKATA to do what we can to make a practical difference to those who need training most.”

Damage caused to the lungs by asbestos inhalation can lay dormant for up to 60 years (Health & Safety Executive Construction Health Risks )
and resulting diseases like mesothelioma are responsible for the weekly death toll amongst small traders that includes eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers.

“The legacy of more than half a century of exposure to asbestos at work is about to be seen in thousands of former ship-builders, boilermakers, builders, plumbers, teachers, nurses and their families. Mesothelioma alone is thought to be silently afflicting one in every 100 men born in the 1940s in the UK (Carpenters ‘face asbestos death’ ) and Guy’s Hospital in London has predicted that 100,000 people in the developing world who are alive now will die from the condition. (West ‘facing asbestos epidemic’ )

“Small traders can be on the front line of asbestos exposure by inadvertently coming into contact with deadly fibres if they disturb asbestos during building work,” added Craig. “This makes the Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign so important.”

For more information about how to safely identify and handle asbestos, see How to safely remove asbestos


Notes to editors:

High resolution images are available here:
Flickr images of James Dawson delivering asbestos training

Mesothelioma in men:
Asbestos Deaths Epidemic Expected

Guy’s Hospital:
West ‘facing asbestos epidemic’

Around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure to asbestos:
Why is asbestos dangerous?
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