Specialist training company back Echo’s search for Best of Wearside

Les Cooper, managing director and Marion Cooper, company director, of UKasl who are sponsoring the Best of Wearside awards
Les Cooper, managing director and Marion Cooper, company director, of UKasl who are sponsoring the Best of Wearside awards
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A specialist company has given its backing to the Sunderland Echo’s search for unsung heroes across Wearside.

UK Asbestos Specialists (UKasl) is a training company which excels in the provision of asbestos awareness training to keep people safe from the dangers of asbestos.

We believe in providing the best service possible and excellence is also something that exists in abundance in our city. We are excited to read the stories of amazing achievements of people in our neighbourhoods

Les Cooper, managing director of UKasl

The company provides training to the construction industry, where illnesses related to asbestos claim the lives of up to 5,000 people a year.

But thanks to UKasl, people who work in the industry are getting the very best support by providing asbestos awareness training by face- to-ace methods and also innovative online courses.

Now the firm is also on board as a backer of the Best of Wearside competition, and Les Cooper, from UKasl, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this competition.

“We believe in providing the best service possible and excellence is also something that exists in abundance in the City of Sunderland.

“We are excited to read all the stories of the amazing achievements of people in our neighbourhoods.

“We wish everyone who enters the competition the best of luck and we are looking forward to the awards night.”

The company was established in 2003 and has guided the company to be the UK’s leading asbestos-related training provider.

Clients include housing associations, local authorities and private companies, who are required by law to manage any asbestos risk in properties they own or manage.

And while the risks to workers are very different today from the days of heavy industry and shipyards, they still exist within the construction and refurbishment industries, said Mr Cooper.

“It’s only when young joiners, electricians and carpenters undertake our courses that they realise that the risks are still very real to those who work in the refurbishment, maintenance and demolition industries, where asbestos containing materials are present in the buildings they work in.”

The awards finale is on Thursday, November 19, at the Stadium of Light. In the meantime, nominate on the form on this page or at http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/