Asbestos Awareness for Architects
Asbestos is one of the most dangerous materials to be used in building houses and structures as it may harm or even kill a person exposed to it. Every year, from the day that it was used to year 2000, thousands of people were recorded to be harmed by Asbestos.
Asbestos is one of the most dangerous materials to be used in building houses and structures as it may harm or even kill a person exposed to it. Every year, from the day that it was used to the year 2000, thousands of people were recorded to be harmed by Asbestos. Asbestos cement was used since 1930 to make roofing and siding shingles. Most houses built between 1930 and 1950 usually have asbestos as insulation. It may also be present in textured paint and even in patching compounds used on walls or ceiling joints. On other places, their use was banned in 1977, but are still used by some places in europe today due to its effectiveness as an insulator.
Long-term exposure to asbestos has effects on human health. Asbestos fibres, whichÂ areÂ easily inhaled, causeÂ lung diseases, leading to breathing problems such as pneumonia or heart disease or worst case scenario,Â fatality.The risk most commonly caused by Asbestos is Asbestosis which scars and stiffens the lungs that is caused by inhaling asbestos dust for years. Â Long-term inhalation of asbestos fibres heightens the possibility of lung cancer. Therefore a regulation was implemented, in areas where asbestos was not banned, that architects and designers must make sure that their implementors will not be exposed long to the asbestos fibres.
Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) stated that every employer must ensure sufficient information, training and instruction is given to employees who could possibly be exposed to asbestos.
This course will have one more module, compared to the asbestos awareness course, that architects and designers should know when it comes to dealing with buildings that may contain asbestos. The 5th module will give information about the legislation governing asbestos and shows the part of which architects and designers are responsible.
At the end of each module, there will be test questions and you will be given 3 attempts to achieve theÂ pass rate.
|No.||Module Name||Pass %|
|1||Properties and Risks of Asbestos Exposure||
|2||Different Types of Asbestos||
|3||Avoiding the Risks from Asbestos||
|4||An Outline of Asbestos Legislation||
|5||Content for Architect and Designers||
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