Asbestos removal is a male dominated industry, so it is unusual to see a female undertake an asbestos removal operative training course, especially when her role is not an operative but a health & safety manager.
At ARCA last month, Lauren Fox, of Edenbeck Limited, undertook the three day operative training course, even though her role is health & safety manager. So why?
“I’ve been working in the asbestos industry for just over two years now, managing health and safety, as well as co-ordinating training for our workforce,” stated Lauren.
“Asbestos removal is hazardous, dirty and sometimes is physically demanding due to the location of asbestos containing materials, so perhaps that is why it is seen as a man’s job. I thought the course would give me a better understanding of an operatives’ role – and as I like a challenge, I thought I should give it a go and try to break the mould!”