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Even today asbestos can be found in many places within a workplace or residential property, a few typical examples being;

 

insulation around boilers and pipes (maybe sprayed or wrapped)

fire protection / insulation boards

asbestos cement products

certain texture coatings, decorative plasters and paints

roofing sheets

floor tiles or ceiling tiles

 

Because of the wide spread use of asbestos related materials, many building tradesmen not directly associated with asbestos work, and through no fault of their own, will make up today's high death rates; and for years to come many more will be tomorrows grim statistics....

 

There is much guidance to asbestos, some of which is listed below, but first remember;

 

1.if asbestos is found or suspected, leave it alone, and do not disturb it. (suspect material should be strongly assumed to contain asbestos, unless there is strong evidence to prove otherwise)
 

2.if in doubt, arrange for a special accredited laboratory to confirm the nature of the suspect material.

 

 

Once asbestos has been confirmed, an assessment of the potential risks must be carried out.  Any plan to manage asbestos related material will largely depend upon its condition, for example;

 

For asbestos in good condition, which is unlikely to be disturbed, damaged or worked (for example drilled through), it is usually considered best to leave alone and managed through sound safety practices and principles, etc.  However, for asbestos in poor condition or in locations where it is likely to be damaged or disturbed, it is usual that a decision to remove or seal in-place will have to be made and implemented.

 

The main UK legislation covering asbestos is The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, some available guidance to assist in meeting the requirements of asbestos control, can be found in;

 

Asbestos guidance

 

HSE Asbestos essentials

 

HSE Asbestos essentials

HSG 227 A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises

 

HSG 227 A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises

HSG 247 - Asbestos: The licensed contractors guide

 

HSG 247 - Asbestos: The licensed contractors guide

HSG 248 - Asbestos: The analysts' guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures

 

HSG 248 - Asbestos: The analysts' guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures

HSG 264 - Asbestos: The survey guide

 

HSG 264 - Asbestos: The survey guide

L143 Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012,(ACOP)

 

L143 Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012,(ACOP)

Asbestos.com Brought to you by the Mesothelioma Center

 

Asbestos.com Brought to you by the Mesothelioma Center

HSE/TUC (2006) The Control of Asbestos Regulations: a guide for safety representatives

 

HSE/TUC (2006) The Control of Asbestos Regulations: a guide for safety representatives.

NetRegs.org Asbestos

 

NetRegs Asbestos

HSE Support Comprehensive guidance on working with asbestos

 

 

HSE Support Comprehensive guidance on working with asbestos

HSE Support: Why is asbestos dangerous?

 

HSE Support: Why is asbestos dangerous?

HSE Support: Asbestos Risk Assessment

 

HSE Support: Asbestos Risk Assessment

 

Withdrawn publications

 

INDG289 - Working with asbestos in buildings

INDG223 - A short guide to managing asbestos in premises,

INDG418 - Asbestos kills: a guide to protecting yourself

L127 - The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises (See L143)


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