Asbestos is still the number one cause of occupation death and disease in the UK. With over 3,000 deaths per year, this miracle mineral was used predominantly in the 1950 and 1960 with some products still being used in certain materials until 1999.
Current legislation can be very confusing and can result in some not fully understanding and conforming to the requirements set upon them by the Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012 (CAR 2012) and the Construction and Design Management Regs 2007 (CDM 2007).
Many different types of asbestos were included in the production of certain types of general products and still remain within industrial, commercial and domestic premises to this day. From a textured coating finish on a living room ceiling to insulation on an active boiler within an industrial premise.
Knowing which requirements you have a duty to adhere to can be confusing and can also potentially bring rise to asbestos exposure to your employees or any other persons exposed to such materials.
Requirements can vary from management of existing asbestos containing materials within your property to identification of asbestos containing materials prior to major refurbishments or demolition.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out cold), has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.
Because asbestos is often mixed with another material, it's hard to know if you're working with it or not. But, if you work in a building built before the year 2000, it's likely that some parts of the building will contain asbestos.
Asbestos is the name given to a group of fibrous minerals, chiefly composed of silicates, that occur naturally in many parts of the world. Six types of asbestos are commercially produced, with the three main types being:
The other less common types are:
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