The Technical Guidance Series aims to provide clarity on industry concerns, queries and any issues raised with the core focus on education and improvements. Click on image to view...
No Time To Lose - Asbestos Dust Is A Killer...
RR1152 - An ergonomics study of the minimum space requirement for removal of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) ceiling tiles. Visit the RR1152 report (PDF)
The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has reported that the HSE has received a number of queries concerning the purchase and use of Type 5 coveralls. It has issued a statement as a reminder of existing guidance and advice. Read more...
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically develops in the tissue lining (mesothelium) of the lungs or abdomen. In rare cases, tumours can also grow in the linings of the heart or testicles. Mesothelioma takes anywhere from 20-50 years to develop in the body. However, once it begins to spread (metastasize), it does so quickly. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but medical treatments may extend or improve a patient’s life.
When you think about professions that are at risk for malignant mesothelioma, the ones that come to mind include factory workers, firefighters, and construction workers. You imagine boiler rooms clouded with dust, or insulation being installed. The last occupation you would picture would be a hairdresser in a salon, cutting and curling hair and wielding cans of hairspray. But that is exactly what 80-year-old Calogero La Bella did for a living for several decades, and now he’s been diagnosed with the rare asbestos-related disease.
The guidance is split into eight chapters, covering different aspects of licensed work with ACMs. It provides an overview of asbestos and its health effects, the law and how to work safely with asbestos.
Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures - HSG248 (First edition, published 2006)
Topics covered in this guidance include quality assurance; training for analysts; bulk sampling and analysis; air sampling and analysis; enclosures; site certification for reoccupation; supervisory work; personal protective equipment; and decontamination procedures.
This heavily illustrated publication replaces and expands on MDHS100, Surveying,
sampling and assessment of asbestos-containing materials. It is aimed at people
carrying out asbestos surveys and people with specific responsibilities for managing
asbestos in non-domestic premises under the Control of Asbestos Regulations
2012. The book covers competence and quality assurance and surveys, including:
survey planning, carrying out surveys, the survey report and the dutyholder’s use of
the survey information.
Asbestos essentials task sheets tell employers, managers and sole traders what to do when they need to work on or near ACMs. They will help you to decide what category of asbestos work it is and how to plan the work safely. This pdf A0 Introduction to Asbestos Essentials (HSG210) should be used in conjunction with the individual task sheets for guidance and support purposes. Follow this link for the full HSG210 task sheet option downloads: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg210.htm
Where Do You Find Asbestos?
Worldwide around 125 million people are exposed to asbestos at work claiming over 100,000 lives a year.
The duty to manage asbestos is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.
The Department for Education referred nearly 700 schools in England to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as they did not provide evidence that they were managing asbestos in line with regulatory requirements. Of the 29,000 schools in Britain, more than 75% contain asbestos. Click image to Read more...
Managing and working with asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 - L143 (Second edition) Published 2013
This publication contains the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the Approved
Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance text. Two ACOPs, L127
(The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143
(Work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into this single
This guidance is aimed at people who have a duty to manage the risks from asbestos–containing materials in the premises ie building owners, tenants and anyone else who has any legal responsibilities for workplaces.
The Evil Dust - the history of asbestos
Asbestos eradication push reinforced by damning report. There are demands that a law is needed that requires all asbestos to be removed from public buildings by 2028, and that it is removed from all buildings by 2035.