As asbestos consultants, and with increasing amounts of legislation designed to safeguard the working environment Insight Safety can play a key role in protecting your employees, premises and business from some of the greatest risks associated with most places of work, Fire, Legionella and exposure to Asbestos.
There is a legal requirement that every non domestic property (built prior to 2000) in the UK be assessed for the presence of asbestos, and that annual awareness training is given to responsible persons and operatives associated with building and demolition and any of the allied trades.
Asbestos is responsible for the deaths of at least 20 tradespeople per week, including builders/shopfitters/carpenters/electricians and plumbers, do not consider asbestos to be a risk associated with past industry, it is here and now, and deaths from asbestos related diseases are on the increase. Asbestos has been used extensively in thousands of different building applications, it can be almost anywhere, Prior to any work on any building stop and THINK ASBESTOS and phone our Asbestos Consultants on 0800 121 47 43.
Any work to any property constructed prior to 2000 should be preceded by an asbestos survey. It is also law that annual asbestos awareness training is given to those at risk of coming into conatact with asbestos.
With 10 years industry experience and extensive qualification in the asbestos field of expertise you can be confident that any service provided is of the highest level. Insight Safety Ltd can offer clients the professional service they require with a personal touch. Having experience of working with large multi-national clients with thousands of properties to working with small businesses and individual clients, Insight Safety can deal with any of your asbestos related enquiries.
Based in the North East we cover the Midlands, North West, North East and Scotland. The following are our very local key regions: Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Consett, Chester le Street, Houghton le Spring.
What the regulations say:
There are 37 individual regulations within the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The following is a very brief summary of some current asbestos legislation which is appropriate to most UK companies:
Regulation 4 – Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises
It is a legal requirement that any non domestic property within the United Kingdom has an appraisal for the presence of asbestos containing materials. This can also apply to properties managed by domestic landlords and associations. This appraisal must be documented and should the presence of asbestos be identified then it is a legal requirement to manage this risk.
Regulation 5 – Identification of the presence of asbestos
No work shall be undertaken in demolition, maintenance or any other work which exposes or is likely to expose employees to asbestos in respect of any premises until an assessment has been conducted to ascertain the presence of asbestos, its condition, and its type. If there is any doubt then asbestos shall be presumed to be present.
Regulation 6 – Assessment of work which exposes employees to asbestos
An employer shall not carry out work which is likely to expose an employee to asbestos.
Regulation 10 – Instruction and Training
Every employer shall ensure that adequate information , instruction and training is given to those employees who are liable to be exposed to asbestos. This training shall be repeated at regular intervals.
These summaries are not to be taken out of context and if in doubt you should refer directly to the regulations
Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007
As part of the pre contract phase of works you have a legal duty to provide assessments of all risks, including Asbestos.
Defective Premises Act 1972
Landlords must meet the requirements of this act.