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Asbestos removal

Asbestos can remain in situ if it is not going to be disturbed, is in good condition, sealed and can be safely enclosed.

 

However, the removal of asbestos requires strict controls, procedures and training to reduce the health risks.

 

 

Click on the  on each image to find out more.

Remember:

Only Trained Operatives, or Licensed Contractors can carry out asbestos removal.

 

Types of Work

The 2012 Legislation has also determined 3 types of work with asbestos.

Click on each of the headings below to find out more about each type of work.

 

 

 

Here is a list of examples detailing which type of work each is.

 

 

Asbestos Regulations

 

 

Due to the hidden nature of asbestos and the serious risk from its needle-like structure, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 sets out a single control limit:

 

0.1 fibres per cm3 of air averaged over a 4-hour period.

 

To reduce the health risks, contractors MUST be licensed if it is foreseen that the concentration of fibres will be above this limit.

 



A hidden killer

As we know, asbestos was a widely used building and insulation material. However, it is often called the hidden killer as it is not easily identifiable.

 

Watch a short clip from the HSE here to better understand the problem.

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Please watch the full video before completing the section.

The health risks

The composition of asbestos means that it breaks into tiny, long sharp fibres.

These fibres, if inhaled, become lodged in the lungs and cause several types of diseases.

Asbestos related diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused by asbestos dust.
  • Asbestosis – scarring of the lung.
  • Fibrosis.
  • Pleural plaques.

 

These fatal diseases kill approximately 5500 people every year in the UK.

 

 

Watch the video below to hear one tradesman’s story and an explanation of the risks from a senior doctor.

 

 

Please watch the full video before completing the section.

Asbestos Regulations

 

 

Due to the hidden nature of asbestos and the serious risk from its needle-like structure, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 sets out a single control limit:

 

0.1 fibres per cm3 of air averaged over a 4-hour period.

 

To reduce the health risks, contractors MUST be licensed if it is foreseen that the concentration of fibres will be above this limit.

 



Reporting accidents

Even if we try our best to identify hazards and reduce the risk to health, accidents or near misses can still occur. As a result, both employers and employees can help reduce further risks.

 

Employees should:

  • Know what to do in a first aid emergency
  • Tell their employer about accidents and near misses to help prevent a re-occurrence

Employers must:

  • Report work-related accidents, to help enforcing authorities provide targeted advice to reduce the risks
  • Provide suitably trained first aiders and first aid equipment
  • Download a guide here about the types of injuries and accidents which should be reported

Do you know your first aider?
Find out your nearest first aid point and first aider after this training.

 

Introduction

Welcome

Welcome to this short course on Health and Safety Awareness.

 

Everyone should leave work in the same state of health as they arrived, so Health and Safety is about keeping people healthy and safe in the workplace.

 

The law* says employers must reduce or control the risk of injury and ill health, but everyone has a responsibility. Good health and safety has moral, legal and financial benefits including fewer accidents, fines and compensation claims.

 

This course therefore focuses on:

  • What health and safety means
  • How we can reduce the risks
  • Your responsibilities

 

There is also a short assessment.
You will need 5/6 to pass.

 

* The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Asbestos removal

Asbestos can remain in situ if it is not going to be disturbed, is in good condition, sealed and can be safely enclosed.

 

However, the removal of asbestos requires strict controls, procedures and training to reduce the health risks.

 

 

Click on the  on each image to find out more.

Remember:

Only Trained Operatives, or Licensed Contractors can carry out asbestos removal.

 

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