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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific hazards - Asbestos - 6400
    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in the earth's crust. It used to be extracted and milled into fibres which were used extensively in the building industry, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. Before its dangerous properties were known, it was considered to be a very versatile and useful product due to its strength, and insulating and fire-retardant properties. Asbestos poses a risk to human health when the fibres are released and breathed in. Generally speaking the higher the fibre...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific hazards - Asbestos - Identifying and managing asbestos - Surveys - Material assessment - 6455
    When a management survey is carried out a material assessment is required to identify the potential for fibre release. This allows ACMs to be given a number which relates to its hazard potential by adding up its score for each factor. This is also required where a refurbishment and demolition survey has been carried out but work is not planned to start for some time (3 months as a guide). The factors to address are: Factor Categories Potential to release fibres if disturbed 1 Product type Asbestos-reinforced...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific hazards - Asbestos - Working with asbestos - 6485
    Where an employer requires its employees to work with asbestos, or undertake work that could potentially disturb asbestos, it must first carry out a risk assessment to identify the risks and put any necessary measures in place to control them. The employer's duty is to prevent exposure to asbestos as far as is reasonably practicable and, where this cannot be achieved (e.g. in building maintenance work, demolition etc.), the risks must be reduced to the lowest level that is reasonably practicable (without using...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific hazards - Asbestos - Working with asbestos - Implementing the risk assessment - Information and training - 6525
    Employers are under a duty to provide employees with adequate information, instruction and training to enable the employees to safeguard themselves and others while working with asbestos. The level of information, instruction and training will depend upon the work that the employee does and their potential exposure. Training needs assessments should be carried out to determine the level of training needed by different employees or groups of employees. Some employees will just require asbestos awareness training,...
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