North Lanarkshire Council has announced it will be placing greater emphasis on educating workers on the risks of asbestos.
Tradespeople in the towns of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth who may come into contact with asbestos on the job will be offered advice on how best to manage the risks that being exposed to the fibres can present on premises with no asbestos testing completed.
Tying in with the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) campaign for asbestos awareness in the workplace, asbestos safety kits will now be distributed to those working as as joiners, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters and decorators, builders, heating engineers, roofers and caretakers, cumbernauld-news.co.uk reports.
A new Beware Asbestos web and mobile app is also available for free, construction-manager.co.uk notes.
Environmental services convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “Asbestos can be found in ceilings, floors, boilers, bathrooms and other locations within both residential and industrial buildings, so tradespeople could come into contact with the substance on a regular basis.
“If disturbed and breathed in, asbestos fibres can cause lung disease and cancer. The HSE estimates that an average of 20 tradespeople die of asbestos related diseases every week, so it’s vital that anyone who may come into contact with asbestos knows how to work with it correctly and safely.”