Asbestos health and safety templates

All the following asbestos health and safety templates are part of the Health and Safety Folder. Click on the links to discover more about each template.              
 
 
Asbestos policy

Asbestos records and forms


 
Asbestos risk assessment

Asbestos training

Asbestos signage

 


Asbestos health and safety templates Asbestos safety management   


Asbestos is rightly a concern for many employers and still the single greatest cause of workplace deaths in the UK. Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer used in UK millions of tonnes of asbestos are mined worldwide very year.

Asbestos was an important commercial product in manufacturing and construction from the early 1800s to the 1970s. Asbestos and ACM (asbestos containing materials) were chiefly used as a cheap, durable, means of insulating and fireproofing.
 
There is no safe form of asbestos all six types of the asbestos mineral have been found to be harmful, asbestos fibres cause long term damage to the lungs. The BLF (British Lung Foundation) estimates that over 2,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The HSE are predicting that by 2050 more than 90,000 people will die in the UK as a direct result of asbestos exposure.
 
Asbestos only becomes a risk to health if the fibres are released into the air and breathed in.  Managing asbestos and preventing the fibres becoming airborne minimises exposure and the health risks. Strict legislative controls are in place for asbestos encountered within the workplace.
 
If you own or occupy a building then you have a legal duty to control the dangers of asbestos within that premises. Buildings constructed after 2000 should not contain any asbestos as it was banned in 1999.
 
All employers have responsibility for the health and safety of those affected by asbestos this responsibility extends to cover self-employed people, visitors and contractors.  This responsibility cannot be transferred to any other person.
 
 

Asbestos safety further reading 

 
asbestos health and safety Managing asbestos in buildings
A brief guide
 

  

 
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