12/22/2006

Asbestos guide for safety representatives

Asbestos has been the main cause of occupational ill health from about 1950
onwards and is still the greatest single work-related cause of death from ill
health. Past exposure is now responsible for about 4000 people dying from
asbestosrelated cancers every year in the UK alone. This figure is expected to
rise over the next ten years and then decline.

These deaths are tragic for the people involved, causing immense pain and
suffering to them and their relatives, friends and colleagues. Safety
representatives play an important role in controlling workplace risks and can
help to prevent exposure to asbestos.

You are entitled to be provided with any information you need on asbestos,
including any risk assessments and surveys. You should also be consulted on
your employer's plans to manage asbestos.

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a brief guide for
safety representatives explaining the new Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

The guide answers the questions:

  • what is asbestos?
  • why is it dangerous?
  • where do you find asbestos?
  • who is likely to be exposed to asbestos fibres?
  • what's new in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006?
  • what is a licence?
  • what do the Regulations say and what should I do?
  • what should I do if I suspect asbestos materials are present? how do I find out
    more?



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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive