Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. The Health And Safety Executive website provides health and safety advice and guidance so that those who may be exposed to asbestos at work know what to do to protect themselves and others. The importation, supply and use of all forms of asbestos are banned. However, many buildings, and some plant and equipment, still contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Before you start any work in a building that might contain asbestos (e.g. built or refurbished before the year 2000), you need to do the following:
- Identify whether asbestos is present and determine its type and condition.
- Carry out a risk assessment.
- Decide if the work needs to be carried out by a licensed contractor.
- If the work is not licensable, decide if the work needs to be notified.
- Ensure those carrying out the work are suitably trained.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
- Those working in Licensed Asbestos work must have a medical assessment with an HSE Appointed Physician
- From 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos must have Health Surveillance carried out by an Appointed Physician. Workers who are already under health surveillance for licensed work need not have another medical examination for non-licensed work. BUT medicals for notifiable non-licensed work are not acceptable for those doing licensed work
- Are registered medical practitioners appointed by HSE to undertake statutory medical surveillance
- You have a legal duty to ensure your employees are under periodic medical supervision if they work with specified hazards under certain conditions such as Asbestos. HAVS, Lead and Radiation
The purpose of statutory medical surveillance is to alert your employees to early signs of potential health problems caused by the work they are doing and provide advice on whether further exposure to the particular hazard is appropriate. The appointed doctor should make you aware of any emerging issues so that you can review your risk assessment as appropriate, and ensure risks to your employees’ health are properly controlled.
Asbestos medicals take 45 minutes and include:
- A questionnaire.
- A (Lung Function) test.
All paperwork is completed at the time. Individuals and companies welcome.