Would you recognise asbestos if you saw it?

16 May 2024

There are many different types of asbestos containing material (ACM) which can be found in many different parts of a building, from the roof to the basement.  The HSE has a useful guide to help you recognise them.

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The HSE has recently updated it’s Asbestos FAQs

2 May 2024

The Health & Safety Executive’s Asbestos FAQs are a good starting point for information on asbestos and safety.  They are targeted at a range of audiences:

  • employers & employees
  • members of the public

And also include sections on:

  • general information
  • the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

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The duty to manage asbestos

12 Apr 2024

The duty to manage asbestos is placed on the person or organisation that has the main responsibility for maintenance or repair of the building.  It applies to non-domestic premises and the common parts of multi-occupancy domestic premises, such as purpose built flats.  The HSE has created a video to explain the basic steps that should be taken to manage any asbestos in a building and to protect people from the risks of exposure.

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Asbestos: your duty

15 Feb 2024

The Health and Safety Executive has launched a campaign to help people understand if they have a duty to manage the risks of asbestos in buildings.  It includes a simple online questionnaire which can be found here.

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Clearing the air: asbestos in schools and hospitals

25 Jan 2024

Mesothelioma UK has launched a report on the costs and benefits of removing asbestos from UK schools and hospitals called Clearing the Air.  The report  looks at asbestos-related diseases caused by  exposure to asbestos for teachers, doctors, nurses and other employees who work in those buildings but never worked directly with asbestos.

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HSE is doing a survey on asbestos surveys

9 Nov 2023

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is taking a significant step towards better asbestos control in non-domestic buildings, and your experience could help them.  They are asking duty-holders who have had an asbestos survey completed to let them know about their experience.

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