YHC Hire Services Ltd backs complimentary asbestos awareness training

UKATA member offering free training to tradesmen at risk of asbestos related disease

Somerset based YHC Hire Services Ltd is supporting the annual Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe Campaign from the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), having pledged several hours of free training as part of the campaign designed to keep small businesses and sole traders safe from the UK’s biggest workplace killer – asbestos. Now in its third year, the nationwide campaign runs from 1 September to 31 October, with free asbestos awareness training for those who need it most.

The campaign sees UKATA members pledge hours of free asbestos awareness training and has proved a real success in helping one man bands, DIY enthusiasts and others have access to training they may be unable to afford or not even realise exists. UKATA members pledged over 3,500 hours of free training in 2015 and 2016 with even more complimentary training available this year.

“As a company committed to asbestos training, we are proud to be involved in the UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign,” said Howard Foster, training Co-ordinator of Purple Training Solutions at YHC Hire Services Ltd. “We train workers from many large and small organisations but ‘white van man’ can still be in the dark over asbestos, so this scheme is a practical way to tackle the lack of asbestos awareness training among ordinary traders.”

Based in Yeovil, YHC Hire Services Ltd has been delivering asbestos training since 2010. The company has Purple Training Solutions as their training division and offers a diverse range of health and safety related courses. Having been a member of UKATA since 2015 the company was keen to support the Train Safe campaign in 2017 as it did in 2016.

“I would like to thank YHC Hire Services Ltd for backing the 2017 UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign,” said Craig Evans, General Manager of UKATA. “In the last few years UKATA members have delivered 400,000 asbestos training courses but there remains a real need for essential training for all who may encounter the substance. Thousands of tradespeople have received no asbestos training and YHC Hire Services Ltd is playing a key role in helping UKATA with a ‘hands on’ approach to helping them.”

Anyone interested in applying for the free training with YHC Hire Services Ltd, which is available on a first come first served basis to those who have not completed a UKATA course with us previously, should contact us directly by email to howard@purpletrainingsolutions.com  and remember to quote the UKATA Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign or click here for further contact details.

Around 20 tradesmen die every week as a result of past exposure to asbestos. Damage caused to the lungs by asbestos can lay dormant for up to 60 years, with diseases like mesothelioma responsible for the death toll amongst small traders that includes eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers.

“Unwittingly coming into contact with deadly asbestos fibres can put small traders in the front line of asbestos exposure,” added Howard. “They need support and the Train Safe campaign provides that, by removing cost as an excuse for not having the necessary training. We are proud to be playing our part in helping to cut the numbers of deaths from asbestos related diseases.”

Howard Foster TechIOSH

Training Co-ordinator

Purple Training Solutions at YHC Hire Services Ltd 




UKATA exists to set and verify standards and to emphasise the importance of best practice in training when it comes to the safe handling, removal and disposal of asbestos. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 for taking-on, managing and developing the list of training providers for licensed asbestos work in the UK, UKATA is now the leading authority in all levels of asbestos training in the UK.

Free training as part of the Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe is to be carried out on selected dates in September and October 2017. A full list of Training Providers can be found by visiting: http://www.ukata.org.uk/training-provider-directory/