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HSE publishes new asbestos guidance

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance on avoiding asbestos-related illnesses in the construction sector.

Architects, surveyors and demolition or removal contractors have been warned of the dangers currently residing in almost 500,000 non-domestic properties around the UK.

Asbestos: The Survey Guide highlights a number of practices that should be followed to avoid more incidents of asbestos-related illness for both the sector and the general public, underlined by The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations instils an explicit duty on all those responsible for the maintenance and repair of non-domestic premises to manage the risks. The HSE guide, in conjunction with the Regulations, will try to slash the rate of asbestos-relateddeaths plaguing the nation, currently around 4,000 a year.

“Asbestos is still a real risk if it is not managed properly,” said HSE’s Asbestos Programme Manager, Steve Coldrick.

“The regulations set out who is responsible for managing the risk in non-domestic buildings and what this should involve. This updated and user-friendly guidance clearly sets out the role of the survey in managing asbestos and really helps people make sense of it and relate it to real-life situations.

“We’ve worked with more than 30 organisations to develop it. We wanted those people who were most likely to use the guidance suggest what they would find most useful.”

The asbestos guidance is available to download on the HSE’s website;


Written by Andrew Hodges

February 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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