A dosage of three courses is the healthiest way
Posted: October 30, 2018
Happy autumn everyone. What does everyone like to do every autumn? Collecting the reddish colourful leaves? Creating pumpkins for Halloween? Watching a firework display on bonfire night? Well for most people that would be true but we also have other top priorities.
For us in the construction industry, we believe in learning all year round. What better way to celebrate a new season than learning about the dangers of Asbestos. And thus our annual momentous Asbestos course commenced…
It was in late October in the early morning that our construction workers assembled in a learning centre ready for their course. They were all incredibly eager to learn. The image below is pretty much an accurate representation of the average construction worker’s face when I told them about the upcoming course.
As you can see, physically strong and with a huge smile of enthusiasm for the health and safety course. If there was a picture which could describe how they felt, it would be this.
As soon as I arrived at the centre for the 8am start, I just knew it would be a success. Starting bang on the dot, the heath and safety officials brought with them a state of the art television set for viewing the videos about asbestos awareness.
Full of charisma, with captivating and commanding voices and standing in front of the class to address them, the construction workers were hooked to the courses. The health and safety course achieved its aim of providing the construction workers with a greater awareness of the dangers of handling buildings with asbestos. As well as Asbestos Awareness training, we also completed a course in Manual Handling and in COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health). The workers also received manuals afterwards which they could refer to anytime.
The key points of Manual Handling are as follows:
- individual capability
- the nature of the load
- environmental conditions
- work organisation
The key points of COSHH are as follows:
- finding out what the health hazards are;
- deciding how to prevent harm to health (risk assessment);
- providing control measures to reduce harm to health
- keeping all control measures in good working order
- providing information, instruction and training for employees and others
- providing monitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases;
- planning for emergencies
I will go over Asbestos Awareness in another blogpost as there is a fair amount to cover.
Here is the link for the blogpost about Asbestos Awareness: http://aspectconstruction.uk.com/asbestos-awareness-do-not-underestimate-the-impact-of-asbestos/
The construction workers now have all their certificates and are armed with a greater understanding of the dangers of asbestos, the correct way to handle equipment and COSHH. We value health and safety and want our staff to continually build on and refresh their understanding.
Without trying to show off, here are my certificates of the courses.