Stewart Powell was delighted to provide Asbestos Awareness Training to the WASEG – Waveney Safety & Environmental Group last week and below is an exert from Lowestoft College’s Health & Safety Manager. Firstly I would like to send my thanks and congratulations for the brilliant insight and training provided to the WASEG group last Thursday.
Asbestos is considered a high risk, therefore strict controls are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There are many variations of asbestos products that were used over many decades until a total prohibition was enforced in 1999. All industries used asbestos for more than one purpose, but primarily the use was for insulation.
Whether you are a property duty holder, principal contractor, designer or sub-contractor you have obligations to identify asbestos. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 dictates how asbestos is either managed or identified with specific consideration towards regulation 4&5. Asbestos in buildings can be concealed from view and is often disturbed unknowingly, whether your work is
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Asbestos is the name known to a group of fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the earth, these are grouped into two mineral types known as Serpentine and Amphibole. The asbestos types are called Chrysotile (white) Amosite (brown) and Crocidolite (blue). Asbestos can still be found is most types of buildings, this includes commercial, retail,
Asbestos can be found in social and commercial buildings since 1860, it being possible to develop the mineral for multiple applications such as fire protection, heat and sound insulation, as well as adding durability and strength to any building material. Post WWII, the huge demand for asbestos came from the surge in housebuilding, creating homes