Knowing the exact location of the asbestos is critical in reducing the likelihood of accidental exposure. Unfortunately, in many instances this doesn’t always happen. Each year there are thousands of often unreported accidental disturbances of asbestos containing materials by contractors carrying out minor works not under control of ACAR.
The HSE puts the number of UK asbestos-related deaths at around 5,000 per year. That’s an average of 13 deaths per day: the highest rate of asbestos-related deaths in the world.
It’s now nearly 20 years since new asbestos usage was banned in the UK. However, despite rigorous legislation and guidance asbestos remains the greatest source of workplace deaths in the UK.
Recent figures highlight how common the presence of asbestos is within older school buildings. They also suggest that the problem with asbestos in schools is nationwide.
Asbestos can often be found in properties which were built or refurbished before the year 2000. In the past asbestos was commonly used in materials designed for the building trade making it highly likely that many older buildings will contain asbestos in some form.
The HSE have highlighted some of the... Read more
With the potentially lethal health impacts of asbestos it’s no surprise that asbestos compliance is complex and heavily regulated.
If you are considering renovations or extensive maintenance works on your buildings don’t forget your asbestos responsibilities.
If your building is liable to contain asbestos you are required by law to have a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey carried out on the property before carrying out any renovation or demolition works, which... Read more
The use of asbestos was banned in November 1999 due to the potentially lethal health risks. However despite legislative safeguards and an increased awareness of the risks associated with exposure to asbestos fibres, prosecutions for non-compliance are still a common occurrence.
An asbestos management plan is a legal requirement under (Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012) for all workplaces liable to contain asbestos.
If you are a building owner, managing agent or employer and are considering renovating any of your properties then you need to make sure you have fulfilled your legal asbestos obligations before contractors start work on any planned refurbishment.