You may employ people to build or demolish roads, homes, ships or cars. While asbestos isn’t used as much as it once was in all these industries, your employees may still have to work with some asbestos to do their jobs. Naturally, then, you would take steps to make sure that they are not put at risk.
Risk mitigation can be key to a future defense. Here are two things you need to ask:
Do you educate your employees about the dangers of asbestos exposure?
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workers have certain protections to asbestos. Employers may need to inform their employees of the possibility of asbestos exposure on the job and the risks that can follow.
Many people don’t know what asbestos is and how dangerous it can be, which may be the responsibility of their employer. This may mean educating employees about the medical illnesses that can develop when they are exposed to asbestos over long durations.
Employers may also be required to inform their employees of the level of exposure they may face on the job. This can include the close examination of employees’ health and the limit to further asbestos exposure.
Are your employees required to wear protective gear?
Furthermore, employees have the right to protective gear, such as masks and suits when handling asbestos. Employees should be trained on how to use their protective gear so that they do not expose themselves or others to asbestos. An employee who understands the risks of asbestos exposure and doesn’t wear their protective gear may be risking their own health.
By training your employees carefully you may reduce the chances that you’ll eventually have to defend your business from an asbestos-related lawsuit later.