SSG show support for Global Asbestos Awareness Week
- Date: Tuesday 11th April 2017
SSG Training and Consultancy were one of many who supported Global Asbestos Awareness Week from 1-7 April.
Global Asbestos Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the exposure to asbestos and the dangerous and fatal diseases associated with its inhalation. Founded by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) in 2004 the week takes place annually on the first week of April and is strong in the messages it sends. In its 13th year, the organisation created new achievable aims including banning mining and general use of asbestos, preventing exposure and increasing and enforcing laws and regulations. The week consisted of educational resources, blogs, videos and stories from those who are suffering from asbestos-associated diseases.
Asbestos consists of various naturally occurring silicate minerals which get separated into fibres. Due to its versatile nature, asbestos has been largely used for centuries across the world. Having been illegalised in many countries, it’s use has decreased, but houses, schools and buildings built before 2000 will still contain asbestos. Therefore, employers, construction workers and others within these industries need to ensure those within their sites are working safely.
Asbestos causes fatal diseases and continues to kill around 5000 a year. Whilst the effects of these diseases are not immediate, they are incurable once diagnosed. Exposure to asbestos causes Mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening; diseases which have taken more lives of people than car crashes annually.
Through a range of videos and infographics, SSG have supported Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This month’s Toolbox Talk Video focuses on Occupational Respiratory Diseases, which can be found on our YouTube channel. The video describes the potential hazards that can incur as a result of working in an exposed environment and how you can protect yourself.
SSG also run many courses which highlight the importance of asbestos awareness and protection of the individual from asbestos-related diseases. These include asbestos awareness, non-licensable asbestos work, duty to manage and face fit – correct fitting and testing procedures. Dates and further information of the available courses near you can be found on our website: www.ssg.co.uk.