Hot Topic #10
Asbestos
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Here is our list of examples dealing with asbestos:

Please note that this is only a random selection of examples of good practice and this list is not supposed to and cannot be complete.

To learn more, you can go to our TOOLBOX and search for the title of the example (please note that the database search takes some time), go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project or partner web site.

Asbestos in schools (UK)
This website by HSE offers a variety of information and material related to abestos – guidelines, regulations, information on inspection initiatives and a checklist.
Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes, typically fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos.
System buildings (for example CLASP, SCOLA, SEAC, MACE, ONWARD) constructed during the period 1945 -1980 were widely used for the construction of school premises. These buildings can have structural columns fire proofed with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
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The Impact of Asbestos (Canada)
This video describes the history of asbestos, from its origins as a "miracle" material to its threat to worker health and safety. It includes personal stories from those who've been directly affected and urges those at risk of exposure to test for the presence of asbestos and only remove it if trained and qualified.
Video (on YouTube)


Information modules for the safer handling of asbestos (Europe)
Nine information modules have been produced by the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), each dealing with a specific family of products. The nine modules are presented in a folder which gives basic information on asbestos and on how to work with it. Additionally, it covers some details on the project partners. Additionally a leporello/leaflet has been produced, also giving some basic information on asbestos and showing parts of the nine information modules. This leaflet is directed to workers especially. All products are available in the following languages. English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish. They are available as a printed version and on the project partners webpages as electronic versions.
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Håndbogen (Denmark)
This manual is a work of reference for the working environment in the building and construction industry. The manual provides guidelines on good working environment practice and on how the rules of the Working Environment Act can be followed within enterprises and on building sites.
The manual has been published by Branchearbejdsmiljørådet for Bygge & Anlæg, with specialist assistance from Working Environment Authority experts in the field of building and construction.
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ABClean Project (Europe)
In many Member States, asbestos related training requirements are often limited to workers in companies specialized in asbestos removal. This leaves out many workers who are at risk of exposure to asbestos, who receive no training on asbestos awareness at all.
For this reason, ABClean distinguishes between two types of workers when it comes to asbestos. The first group consists of workers in companies that are specialized in asbestos removal, who receive the appropriate training to perform this task and the second group consists of workers in other professions who are not specialized in asbestos removal, but who may encounter asbestos containing products in the course of e.g. maintenance, demolition or renovation. While some Member States have legislation in place to train this second group of workers on asbestos awareness, other Member States do not. In order to help address this discrepancy, the e-learning course is being offered together with training providers and institutes for occupational medicine.
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Introduction to asbestos learning package (UK)
This 45 minute interactive lesson with supporting activities and materials is aimed primarily at trades apprentices in the 16 - 19 age group, for delivery by college lecturers and other vocational education providers. It is also relevant to, and capable of being delivered by, industry professionals, eg as part of workplace training.
Research shows that although tradespeople know that asbestos is harmful to health, they believe that it is a historical problem, and so do not take action to protect themselves. This package is designed to raise awareness of apprentices about the risks they face when working with asbestos, providing them with basic guidance about what they need to do.
The package is free to download and consists of: Introduction and Lesson Plan for lecturers, 'Asbestos The Hidden Killer' power point presentation (Including notes for lecturers), Task sheets „The hunt for asbestos“, Pocket card
, Film poster, Comic poster, Asbestos building poster
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Asbestos – the hidden killer (UK)
Special website run by HSE providing information on asbestos and asbestos- related risks and dangers. The website contains information, brochures, videos and more.
Whats is asbestos? Where can it be found? What is the danger? How should I handle it? What are the facts? These are the questions asked and answered on the website.
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Asbestos guidelines (Austria)
These guidelines offers hands-on information about asbestos, risks and dangers related to asbestos and methods for minimizing and avoiding dangers and risks at work related to asbestos.
PDF file


Asbestos in Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan)
Asbestos and asbestos waste are hazardous to human health and the environment. Kyrgyzstan is one of world's biggest consumers of asbestos. Currently asbestos containing materials are used without restriction in public buildings like hospitals, schools and kindergartens, and in many other consumer products such as brakes and building materials. To raise awareness, provide information, build networks, strengthen citizen's capacities and develop solution strategies to present to state authorities, this project will help to reduce the use of asbestos and clean up contaminated waste sites. People now and future generations will highly benefit from these activities.
WECF in cooperation with BIOM, Kyrgyzstan, will convene a High-Level Conference on Asbestos in Bishkek and conduct trainings in several cities of Kyrgyzstan with different multpliers, including NGOs.
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asbestos.com
This website by The Mesothelioma Center, USA, provides various information and help on Asbestos-related health problems. Information on Mesothelioma and its causes, resources to find help, legal options and lots of other resources are available.
Videos of people with asbestos-related health problems, the „Mesothelioma Packet“, an informational packet with detailed and comprehensive resources about this disease and the information on the website about possible Asbestos exposure at work can be used for prevention and educational purposes to raise awareness for the risks and dangers of Asbestos.
www.asbestos.com


Mesothelioma Guide
Mesothelioma is a rare but serious cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It takes 20-50 years to develop and occurs in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart. Mesothelioma Guide is a website providing lots of resources for people suffering with this asbestos-related type of cancer. The website helps to learn about the disease, find doctors, treatment, financial help and advice. It offers an interactive live chat and maps to find a doctor in your region, a link to a community of patients, as well as reports of patients who survived mesothelioma.
The Free Mesothelioma Guide can be ordered on the website.
www.mesotheliomaguide.com


Mesothelioma Group
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a thin membrane protecting the lungs, abdomen and heart. Where the cancer originated in the mesothelium determines the mesothelioma type. There are three types of Mesothelioma: Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Pericardial Mesothelioma.
The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families. The group provides step-by-step guidance, caregiving support, and invaluable resources and information.
www.mesotheliomagroup.com


Mesothelioma Help
The mission of Mesothelioma Help is to spread awareness and provide information to individuals who might have experienced Asbestos exposure, which leads to the deadly cancer of Mesothelioma.
The primary victims of Asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma include veterans, emergency personnel, firemen, mechanics, and even homeowners. By providing a live chat option (the only mesothelioma/asbestos website that offers a live chat 24/7), Q & A sessions, survivor blog posts, and an annual $10,000 scholarship, the website strives to have an impact on the community. Mesothelioma Help has fostered relationships with organizations all across the globe.
www.mesotheliomahelp.org


Mesothelioma HelpNow
Mesothelioma HelpNow wants to educate and support mesothelioma patients and their families. Research has shown the more they know about a disease, the better prepared they'll be to cope with everything that comes their way.
The website offers a wide range of information material for patients and friend or family members, a blog and lots of resources to find information and help.
www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com


mesothelioma.net
Another resource for help in case of Mesothelioma is mesothelioma.net. This website offers lots of information, contact details for doctors, trusts, veterans, a live chat and facts on Mesothelioma, treatments, benefits and free resources.
mesothelioma.net


Mesothelioma Fund
Mesotheliomafund.com provides support and assistance for mesothelioma victims. Th mission is to help patients and their families get compensation through asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds. Trust funds were formed in the 1970's as irresponsible companies were forced to reveal the true dangers of the mineral. Since then, hundreds of thousands of victims have filed claims against companies that were responsible for asbestos exposure.
www.mesotheliomafund.com


treatmesothelioma.org
treatmesothelioma.org is a website containing information on Asbestos, Mesothelioma, treatments, medical help and further information on the topic. The site offers videos, a handbook, a community, and more.
www.treatmesothelioma.org


BYGGESIKKERHED (Construction Safety) (Denmark)
BYGGESIKKERHED.DK is a multimedia website dealing with construction safety. The website is available in four languages: Danish, English, Polish and German. It contains 15 different areas, each of them covering one profession at the construction site: bricklayer, scaffold builder, glazier, floor fitter, construction builder, mason paviour, building builder, electrician, painter, demolition worker, roofer, carpenter, plumber, asphalt worker and safety representative.
For every profession, a humorous video clip starring "Bent E" puts a focus on the special safety requirements. In addition, a collection of facts is available, as well as "Tasks", a kind of quiz to show what the user has learned so far.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area
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Dealing safely with asbestos (Greece)
Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Materials containing asbestos are a risk factor for those who come into contact with them, especially employees carrying out dismantling and demolition work. The hazards attached to asbestos will have not disappeared with the adoption of the proposed Community directive (amending Directive No 83/477/EEC) prohibiting the production and use of asbestos.


Protocol for a safe building renovation (Italy)
Renovation of a historic 14th century country house and its buildings in its grounds (lemon-house, cellar, storerooms) in order to create a large, luxury hotel complex and the creation of a business centre for the farm’s production activities. There is generally a high accident rate in building work. This particular project was difficult because of the need to preserve the historic features of the building and renovate to modern standards. The age of the buildings meant that there could be additional and unknown safety and health risks to the building workers present, for example due to weaknesses in the building structure.
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