Employees working on their own can face a number of additional hazards. For example, using a ladder or lifting heavy objects could be too much for one person.
Managing the asbestos risk to protect those around you.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous material which if inhaled can cause serious diseases.
These include cancers of the lungs and chest linings. Despite its use being banned in 2000, asbestos was used widely in the construction and refurbishment of buildings for many years. This was usually because of its high tensile strength, and non-flammable characteristics.
Those responsible for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises have a legal duty to manage the risk from any asbestos that might be present. This is set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000. However, caution may still be necessary if new premises have been built on existing basements or linked to adjoining structures.
It can be difficult to spot as its use had such diverse application. Therefore, you should do all that you can to find it by:
If there is asbestos in your premises, you should:
If you intend to carry out work on asbestos containing materials or have this done on your behalf, you will need to meet more detailed requirements. This will need careful consideration.
For example, depending upon the type of work and the type asbestos present you may need to use an HSE-licensed asbestos contractor. In other cases, you may need to implement suitable precautions to make sure people are safe.
You may also have responsibilities as a ‘client’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
Further information on what is required is available on the HSE website.