Asbestos - Compliance is key

14 January  2016

 

Almost everyone who is involved in the construction industry knows something about the risks associated with asbestos. What they might not be aware of is that the regulations around the control and management of this highly hazardous material are in the process of changing.

A draft consultation document called the Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2015 has been produced which is going to take effect on the 4th April 2016. It contains a range of measures designed to impose stricter obligations on workplace owners regarding the identification, management and control of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) on their premises.

Under the new regulations ‘Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking’ (PCBUs) are required:

  • To identify asbestos and asbestos containing material at the workplace.
  • To prepare and keep an asbestos register and an asbestos management plan.
  • To provide appropriate health monitoring to a worker carrying out asbestos removal work who is at risk of exposure to asbestos.
  • Prior to demolition or refurbishment, to identify and remove asbestos and ensure emergency procedures are developed

In order to comply with Part 1 of the regulations, PCBUs must have their workplaces surveyed and any potential ACMs sampled and tested to establish where any asbestos is located. The location and type of ACM must be identified and recorded on a register held at the premises which must be made available to anyone carrying out demolition or refurbishment work where they may become exposed to airborne asbestos. The register must be reviewed and if necessary revised at least every 5 years.

The Building Surveying team at Babbage Consultants have received training to the internationally recognised standard of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) IP402 (Surveying & Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings).

Read more about  the legislation changes and your obligations as building owner on our Asbestos Survey and Management page. If you would like to discuss having your workplace surveyed in order to achieve compliance with the new regulations contact Babbage Consultants for impartial professional advice.

To learn more about other services our Building Surveying team can provide visit our Building Surveying page here: Building Surveying

The way in which Asbestos containing materials are controlled and managed is changing.
Tony Stack-Forsyth
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