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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Control of asbestos - 6300
    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 - Health in the workplace - Control of asbestos - Identifying and managing asbestos - Risk control - 6375
    Duty holders must ensure that asbestos risks on their premises are managed. They can nominate an appointed person for this task. This person must have training and experience to manage asbestos properly. Where such a delegation is made, safety representatives must be consulted. The duty holder or their delegate should ensure that surveys are carried out and the information is used to produce an accurate asbestos register, management plan and risk assessment. - An NHS Trust was fined after it failed to manage...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Health in the workplace - Control of asbestos - Working with asbestos - 6395
    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 - Health in the workplace - Control of asbestos - Working with asbestos - Implementing the risk assessment - Information and training - 6440
    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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