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Don't Breathe in...

It has been 20 years since Asbestos was banned from the UK, but it is still a threat to public health.

Vast quantities remain inside public and domestic premises' throughout the UK. This is because we used asbestos extensively in construction up until the mid-1980's with a total ban in November 1999.  Much of these Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) remain in-situ, so anything built or refurbished before 1999 may have ACMs present. 

Asbestos is not a historical problem simply because the material was banned 20 years ago.  It cannot be stressed enough that mesothelioma - the form of asbestos-related disease with the highest death count on record - is one which does not require high-level exposure in order to cause harm.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) require a 'duty holder' to 'manage the risk' of asbestos exposure in public buildings. Duty holders are responsible for identifying the location and condition of ACMs, to ensure that they can maintain their Asbestos Management Plan. Concerns about the risk, and cost, of removing asbestos has led the HSE to affirm that it is generally safer to manage ACMs in-situ than to remove them, provided they are in a 'good condition'.

Should work be required to a public, or domestic premises, the Asbestos and Duty of Care regulations must be met.  In simple terms this means that those working within the building have the right to ensure that, as far as is reasonably practicable, all steps are taken to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing. An Asbestos pre-refurbishment survey is an integral requirement of this if the building was built before 2000.

Should you need any help with identifying and managing ACMs please give us a call, 01634 864550 option 2, or use the contact form.  Asbestos management is complex, but with our help, it needn't be complicated.

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