It is a legal requirement that duty holders manage the asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk of deadly disease.
Asbestos is a lethal material and exposure to its fibres can be deadly. It is possible to control asbestos and exposure to it with various training and surveying by trained professionals but still people do not follow legislation and put themselves and others at risk.
It is widely accessible to employers and duty holders to undertake asbestos surveys and training, and to provide training for its employees but in many cases they do not take advantage of this.
It was very common to use asbestos in all types of construction before the year 2000 when it was banned, so today more cases of Mesothelioma are being diagnosed. Mesothelioma is a lung and chest cancer which derives from exposure to asbestos. Over 5000 people die each year from exposure to asbestos and over 3000 people are newly diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
There has been a recent case against Waltham Forest council in East London brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The council failed to protect its employees, contractors and anyone else who had to visit the building, from the dangers of asbestos which was present in the Town Hall building, discovered in 2002. Employees stated that they felt as though their lives were put at risk after no further checks were carried out and the asbestos was disturbed exposing asbestos fibres including cancer causing dust.
An Epsom council worker died of Mesothelioma after working in the parks and recreation department for 23 years. It was said that throughout this time she was likely to be exposed to asbestos causing the disease.
A Shell employee received a 5 figure compensation from the company after being exposed to asbestos dust on a North Sea Rig for over 40 years. He was diagnosed with a serious Lung condition leaving him in need of oxygen daily.
Victims of Asbestos related illness are usually employees that have suffered through the negligence if their employers. Duty holders, or people that are responsible for premises are required by law to partake in asbestos surveys so as they do not put any unnecessary risk onto employees. This is why asbestos surveys are imperative, whether refurbishment/demolition or management, it a survey will locate the asbestos and make sure disturbances to the material are unlikely to happen to avoid fabrics breaking off and inhalation.
There is a wide range of training available to everyone who would be likely to come into contact with asbestos that we offer here at Armco. We are based in Bury, Manchester and offer Asbestos Awareness training, Working with non-licensed asbestos containing material, face fit testing and face fit testing training as well as on online course. The training can be tailored to your company and requirements, taking place at our Bury office or at a locaton suitable to yourself. For information on training call us on 0161 761 4424 or visit our dedicated training website and fill out the contact form http://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/
We are also fully qualified to conduct Asbestos Management Surveys, as well as refurbishment/ demolition surveys, and have over 15 years experience. If you are in need of an Asbestos Survey in or around the Manchester area, or unsure whether your premises requires one, we will be only too happy to oblige, you can get in touch us on 0161 763 03727 or fill in our contact form on our website http://www.armco.org.uk/