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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 - Working with asbestos - Implementing the risk assessment - Control measures - 6415
    Employers must prevent exposure to asbestos as far as is reasonably practicable. Therefore, the employer must first consider whether the work can be carried out in a way that does not disturb the ACMs. For example, if telecommunication cables are being replaced in a building in which the ceiling cavities contain ACMs, the employer should consider whether it is possible to reroute the cables away from the ACMs. If it is not reasonably practicable to prevent exposure to asbestos, the employer must reduce the...
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