Non-Licensed Refresher Online Course

NATAS Launches Non-Licensed Refresher Online Course

This week NATAS launched the very first Online Non-Licensed Refresher course. The course is a statutory annual refresher course for employees who wish to continue undertaking non-licensed asbestos work in the Oil and Gas Industry.

It has already been beneficial for off-shore companies who may find it difficult to get their employees together for classroom refreshers.

The course is available now for £85.00, you can access to buy clicking here

NATAS Exhibits at OH 2017 in Harrogate

NATAS exhibits BOHS Annual Conference – OH2017 at The Harrogate International Centre

Occupational Hygiene 2017 is the leading international conference in the field of worker health protection in the UK, focusing on occupational hygiene and the prevention of occupational ill-health and disease.

Following on from the success of OH2016 in Glasgow which brought together a global audience of over 350 delegates, BOHS once again be delivered an exciting programme which combineed inspiring and thought-leading plenary sessions with scientific and technical sessions as well as a range of interactive workshops and case studies.

The conference brought together researchers, practitioners, regulators and other experts from around the world to discuss the very latest in issues that affect health at work.

The location for this conference was in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

Asbestos Awareness Training Online Asbestos Training

NATAS is providing asbestos awareness training online asbestos training in UK. These trainings are required to avoid health hazards while you are in construction work with asbestos . Our portfolio of courses are designed to provide training that complies with legislative guidelines and in particular, make workers aware of the dangers of working with asbestos You can avail 3 days P402, 4 days P405 or 2 daysP407 course as classroom training.

Advance Asbestos Surveying and Awareness Courses Traing in UK

As a part of our classroom trainings like P402, P405 and P407, candidates require to pass the theoretical and practical assessments. Upon completing the assessments the candidate will be awarded a ‘Proficiency Certificate in Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings for P402 and Proficiency Certificate in Management of Asbestos in Buildings’ for P405. Successful completion of both written and practical assessments of P407 will lead to ADVANCED PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE in Management of Asbestos in Premises, the Duty Holder Requirements.

Our award-winning asbestos awareness eLearning courses allow on-demand access, which mean learning can happen precisely when and wherever you need it. You can avail our Bespoke eLearning packages. These courses will help you to meet your organizations eLearning requirements and can be blended with practical training to create a whole suite of courses. Our eLearning courses are conducted by qualified tutors. These eLearning courses can be imported into your existing Learning Management Course. We also provide Asbestos Management Course to carry out work with asbestos surveying courses.

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Canada to ban asbestos in 2018

Canada to ban Asbestos in 2018

Canada to ban asbestos in 2018

Canada has finally announced that the country will ban Asbestos in 2018, Science Minister announced in December 2016 after pressure from unions and labor advocates

It will ban the manufacture and imports of asbestos products. Canada joins more than 50 other countries to finally ban the dangerous fibre including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Japan. Despite the country’s last asbestos mines been closed in 2012. It seems there had been a delay in banning Asbestos all together all though it is the leading cause of deaths in the workplace.

Mesothelioma deaths had increased 60% between 2000 and 2012. Experts estimate 150,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos at work, particularly in construction and trade industries.

“This is good public health policy that will, without question, save lives for generations to come.” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.

It’s known that Canada was the leading country of manufacturing asbestos before 2012, although Canada has stopped exporting it continued to import ACMS.
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New BOHS Course dates announced for 2017

New BOHS Course dates announced for 2017

After another successful year of providing BOHS Courses and receiving one of the highest pass rates for training providers in the UK, we would like to say special thanks to all our new and existing customers for once again working with NATAS Training for your Asbestos Training needs. We have now released our new P-Module dates for 2017 in Birmingham, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh. P407 course dates coming very soon. We will also be utilising some new training centres around the UK such as London and South England.

We will be introducing some new BOHS courses this year including the brand new Refresher P-Modules such as the RP402 and RP405 to name a few.

You can find them here:
P402
P405

9/11 death toll still rising 15 years on, due to asbestos exposure

Death Toll of 9/11 still rising 15 years on, due to Asbestos exposure

Last Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Centre, yet all these years on, the death toll continues to rise from exposure to asbestos and other toxic chemicals that were released when the Twin Towers and surrounding buildings collapsed.

Tragically, the death toll in the coming years from asbestos and other hazardous substances is predicted to exceed the original death toll of over 3000 from the attack on that fateful day, 11th September 2001.
It is known that around 410,000 people were exposed to the contaminated air in the wake of the Twin Towers’ collapse, including first responders, nearby residents and workers charged with cleaning up the debris.

An estimated 2,000 tonnes of asbestos fibres were released into the air at the time of the collapse. The former head of the US EPA at the time of 9/11, Christine Todd Whitman, has recently admitted that the EPA was wrong to tell the public that the air around Ground Zero was safe to breathe. She has apologised saying “I’m sorry. We did the very best we could….with the knowledge we had”.

For more information on the health risks from asbestos click here

 

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Connection Between Asbestos and Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, a disease of the male reproductive system, is the second-most common cancer and the second-leading cause of death among men in the United States. Although specific causes are not completely understood, doctors believe that some risk factors increase a person’s likelihood of developing the disease. These risk factors can include age, ethnicity, family history and diet. Asbestos exposure is another potential risk factor that has been studied.

Men older than 50 are at the highest risk for prostate cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 240,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. This means that one in six U.S. men is diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lives, and one in every 36 men dies from it. However, multiple treatment options are available to patients who have been diagnosed. While specific risk factors may increase your chance of developing prostate cancer, these factors do not guarantee that you will actually develop the disease.

Connection Between  Asbestos and Prostate Cancer

Multiple studies have been performed that show a potential link between asbestos exposure and prostate cancer. Although none have produced conclusive results, many have shown potential correlations. A 1993 Danish study tested workers at an asbestos cement factory for their exposure to asbestos. An elevated number of prostate and lung cancer cases were recorded among the workers. Researchers found a 36 percent increase in the observed number of prostate cancers compared to the expected amount.

The American College of Chest Physicians released a similar study in 1980. The study, “Presence of Asbestos Bodies in Organs Other than the Lung,” examined 37 people who died from asbestos-related pulmonary issues. It determined that someone with asbestos fibers or residue in the lungs was likely to have them in other organs as well. Doctors looked at various organs and discovered about half contained asbestos. Of 14 prostate samples, six contained asbestos bodies.

More recently, a 2003 study analyzed participants of the Finnish Asbestos Screening Campaign. The study followed the health of 23,285 men and 930 women who worked with asbestos. These individuals were studied for eight years for cancer occurrence. Results indicated a much higher incidence of prostate cancer when compared to the total Finnish population. Participants were also at a significantly higher risk to develop mesothelioma and lung cancer.

These studies show an association between asbestos exposure and prostate cancer. Although extensive research on the topic is limited, these existing findings do provide some insight into potential causal relationships. More research and studies are required to provide definitive conclusions on this relationship.

Prostate  Cancer Treatment Options

There are options for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because of the extensive history of the cancer, studies and research have produced multiple treatment options to control cancerous growth, treat symptoms or simply improve a patient’s quality of life.

The five most common  treatments for prostate cancer are:

  • Watchful waiting: This is the close monitoring of symptoms to see if any changes occur. This is more common in an early-stage diagnosis.
  • Surgery: This option is best reserved for patients who are in good health.
  • Radiation therapy: This treatment option uses radiation to kill cancer cells and slow their growth.
  • Hormone therapy: This can remove specific hormones or block their action in order to control the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy: This involves the use of drugs to kill cancerous cells or stop them from dividing.

When considering the best treatment option, you and your doctor should consider your age and your expected life span, the stage of your cancer, side effects of treatment and any other serious health concerns or conditions that you may have.

It is also possible that you will want to examine the option of more cutting-edge treatments, available through clinical trials.

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