Keltbray, a UK leading specialist business which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail and environmental services, today announced that the company is offering free asbestos safety training to DIY enthusiasts and tradespeople running small businesses. This move by 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. Experts predict that the UK’s annual death rate of 5,000 is to increase over the next five years. The ‘Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe’ campaign has therefore 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, 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.
“As part of the campaign, we are offering 30 places for learners on an asbestos awareness training course on 4 September at our state of the art training centre in Basildon, where most of the training will be undertaken in our practical zone. In this zone we can show candidates what asbestos-containing materials look like, demonstrate where they can be found and discuss the handling of it.”
According to General Manager of UKATA, Craig Evans, UKATA members, including Keltbray, have over the past few years delivered over half a million asbestos training courses, “but there are still thousands of tradespeople who have no asbestos training. “While we can’t change the past, we can change attitudes now, and we feel this is a great way to convey the message on the dangers of asbestos to the wider public,” he concluded.
Keltbray Training delivers more than 40,000 hours of training and assessments a year to develop the company’s people and ensure they are well qualified. Most of this training, which is Ofsted inspected and audited, is delivered in Keltbray’s state of the art training centres in Basildon in Essex and in Crewe in Cheshire.
For more information about how to safely identify and handle asbestos, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_1xtqwfLrU
- High resolution images of James Dawson from the practical training zone at Keltbray’s Training Centre in Basildon are available via this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keltbray/sets/72157656394575196
- For more information, please contact Keltbray’s Head of Communications, Marit Meyer-Bell on tel. 0786 765 3392 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org