Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material which can be deadly if disturbed. Every UK employer must make sure that anyone who is likely to come into contact with asbestos during their work has been given asbestos awareness information and advice.
We can provide you with asbestos awareness training and advice, to ensure your business is fully compliant with UK law.
Asbestos was regularly used in buildings from the 1950s to the 1990s. Therefore, any non-domestic building, built before 2000 could be at risk from asbestos. Following the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, all UK employers have a legal duty to ensure their employees and anyone else who may be at risk from asbestos has received adequate asbestos awareness information, training and advice.
All employers have a duty of care towards their employees and members of the public to provide appropriate protection while they are carrying out work-related jobs. Under this act, employers who do not ensure that asbestos awareness advice is issued to their employees, can face prosecution. Consequences for failing to abide by HSE regulations can be severe, taking the form of heavy fines and even jail terms. Therefore, it is essential that your business is made asbestos aware.
To make sure that your business is asbestos aware, government guideline state that the following must be completed:
- The person in charge of workplace buildings must provide employees with up-to-date information on the location and condition of asbestos, prior to work commencing
- An asbestos survey must be conducted on any non-domestic buildings, built before 2000
- Any asbestos that is discovered must either be removed or contained
- Removal or containment must be carried out by a professional
- If you plan to disturb asbestos you need job-specific non-licensed training and asbestos awareness training
In order to ensure that your business is compliant with the laws on asbestos, it is crucial that a competent person provides asbestos awareness information and advice to your business. A competent person will have the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct an asbestos survey and provide information, advice and training to your employees on asbestos awareness.
We can provide your business with fully accredited and licensed asbestos consultants who will ensure that your business has received the necessary asbestos awareness advice and training.
Our NEBOSH-accredited consultants have experience of handling and managing asbestos across a wide variety of businesses, nationwide. We have the skills and qualifications to ensure a fully comprehensive service, where your employees and your business is protected from the dangers of asbestos.
For more information and advice on making your business asbestos aware, call us today on 0800 211 8331.