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3 key questions when carrying out an Asbestos Risk Assessment

3 key questions when carrying out an Asbestos Risk Assessment

Posted on Thursday 16th April 2015 by Graham

Before starting any projects or work that you think will be likely to disturb asbestos, a suitable Risk Assessment must be prepared by you as the employer.

Here we are going to cover the 3 most asked questions when it comes to carrying out a Risk Assessment but before we get in to that let`s cover some basics.

Risk Assessment Basics

Whoever is going to carry out the Risk Assessment must:

  • Be competent to carry out the Risk Assessment
  • Complete the assessment before any work commences and allocate enough time to put appropriate corrections and precautions in place
  • Ensure the risk assessment is job/project specific and considers all aspects of the work to be carried out

The Risk Assessment is all about identifying and controlling the possible risks by establishing the potential risk in the first instance and to identify exactly who it may affect. Then identify the required action that has to be taken to remove that risk, or at least to reduce the risk.

Record your findings and results of your Risk Assessment, the action to be taken, and inform employees of the possible risks. You need to then implement the actions to be taken from the assessment and review and update the Risk Assessment as and when required.

3 Key Questions

1 - Who is responsible for the Risk Assessment?

It is the employer's responsibility for the assessment and to prepare for it. However they do not have to carry out the assessment themselves and can employ a competent outside source to carry this out on their behalf.

2 - Why are Risk Assessments needed and when should they be done?

Employers are required to undertake a suitable and sufficient Risk Assessment before carrying out any work which is liable to expose their employees and others who may be affected by the work to asbestos.

It should be completed in time to allow for compliance with all the relevant regulations and to enable the appropriate precautions to be taken before work begins.

3 - When should assessments be reviewed?

Employers should review assessments when there is any reason to suspect they are no longer valid, or where there is a significant change in the work to which the Risk Assessment relates to, or when the results of any air monitoring or medical surveillance determines that a review is necessary. Any changes to the assessment should then be made as appropriate.

If you require any help carrying out a Risk Assessment please get in touch with us today and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and how we can help you. Call 0800 612 4115.

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