Duration: 3 hours
Asbestos is a group of 6 naturally occurring fibrous minerals composed of thin, needle-like fibres. Asbestos was thought to be a useful consumer product because it is soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. However, it was later found that when asbestos is disturbed, and someone inhales or ingests asbestos dust, the mineral fibres can become forever trapped in their body causing severe health damage including cancer and lung disease.
Before its health hazards were fully understood, the multi-functionality of asbestos in terms of tensile strength, sound absorption, and relatively low cost, led to its widespread use throughout the construction industry. Some examples of these products include building insulation, wall boarding, ceiling boarding, vehicle brakes, and household appliances. Additionally, asbestos was used for roofing, thermal and electrical insulation, cement pipe and sheets, flooring, gaskets, friction materials, coatings, plastics, textiles, paper, and other products. As the health risks began to become more well-known, such products were mostly pulled off of shelves, but the asbestos that had been built into the designs of a vast number of many infrastructure projects have been far more difficult to remove. Therefore, Asbestos-Containing-Materials (ACMs) are in many buildings, even today.
Some of the topics covered include:
- What is Asbestos?
- Types of Asbestos
- Exposure to Asbestos
- Who is Qualified to Deal with Asbestos?
- Responsibilities of Employers, Supervisors, and Workers
- Risk Assessment
- Asbestos Management Program Containment
- Risk of Exposure
- Exposure Control Plan
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