How to ensure your company operates within the Asbestos Regulations
This article will advise you on your responsibilities in relation to ensuring you operate in line with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness in Great Britain. They are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury in the workplace. The Asbestos Liaison Group (ALG) is a forum of key stakeholders that works together in a constructive way to promote best standards and practice in relation to control and work with asbestos.
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. This HSE’s website. http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/, provides health and safety advice and guidance so that those who may potentially be exposed to asbestos at work. It provides information on what to do to protect themselves and others.
Regulations regarding asbestos first came into force in 1987 and they have been amended and updated many times, resulting in today’s legislation The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 which came into force on 6 April 2012.
Even though the importation, supply and use of all forms of asbestos was banned in 1999 in the UK, many buildings, and some plant and equipment, still contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). The CAR 2012 state that before any work is implemented on a building that might contain asbestos, you need to do the following:
Identify whether asbestos is present and determine its type and condition;
Ensure a risk assessment is carried out;
Commission the recommended type of contractor for the works;
Ensure contractors are suitably trained.
The implementation of a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey by a fully qualified asbestos consultant will provide you with a technical report which identifies the asbestos, it’s type, condition and states the risk assessment scoring, finally recommending the type of contractor.
Even when no work is to be carried out on a non-domestic property, the person responsible for maintenance must appoint a Duty Holder who ensures that any ACM’s are identified, a risk assessment is done, any remedial works or removals are carried out and an asbestos register is available of all material to be managed with inspection cycles. A qualified asbestos consultant can make all the required information available by undertaking Management Survey. The Duty Holder would then ensure a suitable contractor for any remedial/removal works is commissioned and that the inspection cycles are upheld.
The consultants at Armco Asbestos Consultants are fully qualified, time served, profession and friendly. We provide consultancy, advice, both Management, and Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys, training and removals/remedial works. Call the Armco office on 0161 763 3727 for a very competitive quote.