Health & Safety Procedures Discussion
The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations place a number of requirements on employers, in an aim prevent reduce the risk of exposure occurring. One of these requirements is mandatory training for anyone who is likely to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. Where asbestos is commonly found:
Insulation and sprayed coatings used for:
Boilers, plant and pipe work hidden in under-floor ducting; Fire protection to steelwork, hidden behind false ceilings; Thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings; Some textured coatings and paints; Friction materials such as brake linings and clutch plates; Gaskets and packing in engines, heating and ventilation systems.
Insulating board used in the following places:
Fire protection to doors, protected exits and steelwork; Claddings on walls and ceilings; Internal walls, partitions and suspended ceiling tiles.
Asbestos cement, which is found as:
Corrugated roofing and cladding sheets of buildings; Flat sheets for partitions, cladding and door facings; Rainwater gutters and down pipes.
How asbestos can affect you:
Asbestos breaks into tiny, long, sharp fibres. They can scar the lungs, causing asbestosis or fibrosis. Asbestos fibres may also cause lung cancer. It can also cause Mesothelioma, a cancer of the inner lining of the chest wall. This cancer is incurable. Smokers are at much greater risk of asbestos diseases.
Plumbers, carpenters and electricians working on building repair are considered most at risk, however all trades can come into contact with asbestos. Buildings constructed or refurbished from the 50’s to the 80’s may contain asbestos materials, not banned in the UK until 1999. Asbestos is harmful if disturbed, exposure to asbestos fibres can be fatal and lead to a slow and painful death. If you suspect asbestos, stop work and tell your supervisor immediately.
Do all employees fully understand the danger Asbestos poses and that Asbestos is NOT to be disturbed?
What further action is required?
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