Im all for trying something new so I have asked a dear friend to be a guest blogger as we have worked together I as a Patient and Christine in the world Of Asbestos Training.
We will never rid Asbestos totally from our lives as the problem is to huge and to expensive so we have to live along side it and manage it.
Education and training is needed and to a high standard. Mark and Christine run a very successful Company http://www.cnmtraining.co.uk/
Christine is with us Mesowarriors on Facebook and I always ask her advice when it comes to understanding the law on Asbestos.
I thought it would be great to see understand her views.
Q3- What is the back ground –when did you two meet and where ?
I met Mark at Orange (Darlington) in 2000, I was a trainer and Mark worked in logistics. His office was in the building we used to train in. I was telling my colleagues about a wonky shelf my friend and I had put up, Mark offered to come round and fix it and cook dinner! How could a girl resist?
Q2 – When did you start working together in other words when was cnm born ?
2002 we both took voluntary redundancy from Orange and cnm property solutions was born (renovating properties). I went to work for ACAD (Asbestos Control & Abatement Division) ACAD soon realised Mark was an ideal trainer and he commenced a short stint of delivering their asbestos training. cnm training solutions limited evolved in 2004, we waved a cheery Goodbye to PAYE and we haven’t looked back since.
Mark left the UK when he was 19, he emigrated to South Africa to work, he then emigrated to Australia where he worked in varied sectors including construction / which included asbestos products, he also trained a raft of apprentices which obviously accounts for his ability to deliver training and instruction. He returned to the UK in 1999, already exposed to asbestos and exposed to cyanide poisoning. We kind of fell into the asbestos training sector, I think you either love it or hate it, you have to have a passion and drive in this sector, it is a small niche industry sector with a huge responsibility to deliver quality training about a subject matter that is not particularly appealing to many people. There are 3 types of asbestos training. asbestos awareness, non licensed (for trades people) and licensed for those companies that hold a license from HSE to remove asbestos. We specialise in non-licensed and licensed, which is heavily regulated by HSE.
Q4-How successful is the business, what problems Occur with HSE?
Asbestos training in the UK is the law, there is a legal requirement to refresh training every year, apart from asbestos awareness. Unless the law is changed I think the good training providers will survive. Although the sector for licensed contractors is getting smaller and the trades have not fully embraced their requirement to be trained. HSE has taken massive cuts to their budget with more being forecast 2014/15, the temptation to allow the sector to self regulate must be strong, however self regulation may not necessarily be the best solution for the asbestos sectors.
Q5– Personally I would like the government to extend the Duty to Manage Asbestos to people’s homes. Millions of homes across the UK contain asbestos. There is an assumption that because asbestos is banned in the UK that the problem no longer exists. How surprised were we when we had our kitchen ceiling artex tested and it came back positive for chysotile (white asbestos) potentially our nation of DIY’ers could be exposing themselves and their families to a deadly carcinogenic. Asbestos products can be worked on, you just need to know how to do it safely, you need to know how it can be identified, what you can and cannot work on and what needs to be dealt with by the experts! & when you do hire an expert ensure that they have been trained and come with recommendations.
I would also like to see the very concerning situation of asbestos in schools addressed, our children are our future. The youngest person to die of Mesothelioma in the UK was 17. To think that we are exposing our children to asbestos in schools, an environment that parents believe to safe is complete complacency and totally irresponsible.
Most of all, I wish there was a cure for all cancers, & especially asbestos related cancers. It is heart-breaking to watch your friends, acquaintances and the warrior community battle with treatment, in some cases for treatment, too loose their lives to a totally preventable disease. We as part of the sector have a lot to answer for, one day we will achieve a worldwide ban, and that is just the beginning, a worldwide clean-up will be a challenge, for all countries.
Christine Winter cnm training solutions limited.