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CLIENTS FACE ASBESTOS CHECKS

HSE target businesses to check on asbestos controls

During February 2009 HSE and local authorities will be carrying out targeted inspections in Kent to check that companies are not exposing workers to asbestos. Asbestos related deaths are continuing to rise and about 25 per cent of those dying from asbestos related disease have worked in the building, maintenance and repair trades at some time during their working lives.

Letters will be sent to 1,300 premises in the county to remind businesses of their responsibilities under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and pre-warn companies of the inspection visits. Clients such as owners, occupiers or managing agents are normally those responsible for repair or renovation of non-domestic buildings and the regulations require that duty holders take a number of key actions including:

  • Steps to find asbestos in premises and assess the condition;
  • Presumption that materials contain asbestos unless contrary evidence;
  • Record the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials;
  • Assess the risk, prepare and implement a plan to manage those risks;
  • Give information on the material to anyone liable to disturb it;
  • Monitor the condition of the material left in place;
  • Review the assessment of risk periodically.

Comment: This is a worthwhile initiative which may well be extended across the UK. Where clients carry out their duties diligently it makes it much more likely that construction trades will not be exposed to the asbestos that remains so widespread in UK commercial premises.

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One Response to “CLIENTS FACE ASBESTOS CHECKS”

  1. asbestoslaws.co.uk Says:

    CLIENTS FACE ASBESTOS CHECKS | PP Construction Safety News Desk…

    Letters will be sent to 1,300 premises in the county to remind businesses of their responsibilities under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and pre-warn companies of the inspection visits….