HSE inspections for Safer Sites Initiative in September 2013 includes asbestos
The Safe Sites Iniative is targeting poor practices in the refurbishment sector which are the main cause of accidents and ill-health
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are currently employing Construction Inspectors to carry out a major inspection and enforcement initiative targeting the refurbishment sector and this initiative includes the adherence to asbestos related regulations. The inspections began on 2nd September 2013 and will run until 27 September 2013. The initiative has been implemented each year at this time since it’s introduction in 2006/07.
The main aims of the inspections are as follows:
to achieve an improvement in industry standards, in particular at small sites;
to increase awareness of HSE’s expectations of the industry;
to demonstrate that HSE will use the enforcement tools at its disposal to prevent immediate risk and bring about sustained improvements.
The Construction Inspectors are looking focusing on highlighting poor practices which are the main cause of accidents and ill-health in the refurbishment sector. The main issues are reported as: falls from height; site good order; structural stability; asbestos; respirabile silica; and welfare.
HSE inspection initiatives are used to reinforce their message to the construction industry: ‘that poor standards, particularly regarding the above issues, are unacceptable and liable to result in HSE taking enforcement action’.
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