5 Common Questions Asked About Asbestos
Posted on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 by Graham
Do I need a certificate as proof that I have had asbestos training?
While there is no actual legal requirement to hold a certificate as proof of training, many training providers, including ourselves, issue a certificate on completion of the training course. The majority of our courses are UKATA approved and upon completion candidates will receive a UKATA certificate.
Many building sites will not let you on site unless you have a current UKATA approved training certificate.
Do I need a risk assessment before I carry out any work with asbestos?
Yes, before any work can be carried out a risk assessment must be completed.
What is the 'Duty to Manage' Asbestos and who has it?
The Duty to Manage Asbestos is an actual legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4).
It applies to all owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises, including premises such as retail shops, offices, common parts of flats and any industrial units. It applies to those who are responsible for the maintenance and repair on these types of properties.
They have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and if asbestos is found to be present then it must be managed accordingly. The duty also applies to the shared parts of some domestic premises.
Is asbestos training a legal requirement?
Current Regulations place a legal duty and responsibility on employers to provide information, instruction and training to all employees who are likely to be exposed to asbestos as part of their job.
The 3 main types of information, instruction and training are:
What are the risks involved if I am working with asbestos?
Just because asbestos is present does not necessarily meant it is a risk or even a cause for concern. Asbestos only becomes a risk to your health when it is damaged or in a poor state of repair and asbestos fibres are then released into the air as a result. There is a danger that these fibres could be inhaled and this can pose a risk to your health.
Those responsible for maintaining or repairing commercial premises are required to actively manage any asbestos present in these buildings. When managed correctly this allows a practical method to identify, prioritise and plan any actions needed to be carried out to manage the risks associated with asbestos.
Where asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are assessed and recorded as being in a suitable condition and not likely to be damaged they should be left in place and monitored carefully and regularly.
On the other hand, where asbestos is in a poor condition and is likely to be damaged during the normal use of the building, it should be sealed immediately, enclosed or disposed of in a safe and correct manner.
Those who are considered most at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres are tradesmen and women, including maintenance workers who are likely to disturb the fabric of buildings during the course of their day-to-day work. Therefore, suitable precautions must be carried out to ensure that you do not put yourself or others at risk by disturbing asbestos.
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