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12. Worker Information and Training
Although the least expensive and least difficult, information and training is one of the most important elements of a company's preventive and control program. Investment in industrial ventilation systems, debagging units, enclosed conveyor belts, special hoods, etc., will be rendered meaningless if the work force, including management, supervisors and workers, are not well-informed and trained regarding the important role it has to play in the company's prevention and control program. For example, if a debagging station is poorly maintained, little or nothing will have been gained by purchasing this equipment. However, a properly maintained work station by a well-informed worker, will ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of engineering controls and a spotlessly clean and safe workplace environment.
In this regard, consultation and cooperation at the plant level is necessary. A joint safety committee with both worker and management representatives should be established to ensure that all safety objectives are met and that workers are well informed.
All categories of personnel involved in the prevention of asbestos-related diseases - such as managers, supervisors, workers and members of the joint health and safety committee - should be given appropriate training. This overall approach will be similar for each level of responsibility, with more emphasis placed on different parts of the program given according to line of duty.
Important elements of information and training program for workers include:
Information and training should be provided to all workers on employment and periodically thereafter. It should be given in verbal and written form, in a language familiar to all employees.
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