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Asbestos has been in use for several thousand years and was first used in the UK in the later part of the 19th century

Extensive usage occurred within construction, the peak period of use was between the 1940′s until the mid 1970′s – however some asbestos products were still being installed in buildings as late as 1999.

Because of this and the proliferation in the number of recorded and expected deaths, legislation changed. Currently, it is estimated that as many as 1.6 million UK commercial buildings contain asbestos materials

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Where you can find Asbestos?

  • Asbestos cement products
  • Textured coatings
  • Floor tiles, textiles and composites
  • Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams/columns
  • Asbestos insulating board
  • Lagging
  • Loose asbestos in ceiling or floor cavity
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The Health & Safety Commission (HSC) considered and consulted on a number of options namely:
1.Remove all materials containing Asbestos

This was the first option considered, but immediately it became apparent that this option would create as many problems as it would solve. When asbestos materials are in good condition they present little if any risk, so logically to remove the majority of materials would create more problems than it would solve.

2.A single duty to survey

The HSC then considered this duty, however due to problems encountered in other countries it was deemed inappropriate. Many premises in the UK have already been surveyed and whilst this proves helpful, survey information on its own becomes limited over time. The information needs to be regularly updated and monitored as asbestos will deteriate and become damaged.

3.A new duty to manage Asbestos

After assessing all the issues involved the HSC/HSE believed that introducing this regulation would provide the best solution in safeguarding lives. The new regulation details duty holder’s responsibilities and helps inform all parties of the risks involved. This helps prevent the accidental contamination of maintenance workers and alike. An Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and Guidance support the new duty and provide information on how to comply with the regulations.

4.What does the duty holder need to do?

After assessing all the issues involved the HSC/HSE believed that introducing this regulation would provide the best solution in safeguarding lives. The new regulation details duty holder’s responsibilities and helps inform all parties of the risks involved. This helps prevent the accidental contamination of maintenance workers and alike. An Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and Guidance support the new duty and provide information on how to comply with the regulations.

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