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Asbestos: A Breath of Fresh Air?. Steve May A H Allen Limited. Introduction. A H Allen Limited Since 1865 Based Sheffield, now Hessle in East Yorks National and international coverage Business – asbestos, health and safety, occupational hygiene, noise, fire, training

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Asbestos: A Breath of Fresh Air?

Steve MayA H Allen Limited

  • A H Allen Limited
  • Since 1865
  • Based Sheffield, now Hessle in East Yorks
  • National and international coverage
  • Business – asbestos, health and safety, occupational hygiene, noise, fire, training
  • Asbestos role (whole cycle)
    • Surveys
    • Consultancy, recommendations, policies
    • Training
    • Air testing and inspections
    • Removal and remedial works project management
    • Reinstatement and building improvement
building maintenance work
Building & Maintenance Work
  • When planning or organising work likely to disturb the fabric of the building or affect plant, anticipate possible ACMs
  • Plan the work to avoid disturbing ACMs
  • Check the Asbestos Register
  • If in doubt, assume it’s asbestos until it’s checked out (survey, sampling, advice)
  • Follow information within your asbestos policy and procedures
  • Control work activities – method statements etc
  • Asbestos Prohibitions Regulations
  • Asbestos Licensing Regulations
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (incl. duty to manage)
  • Hazardous Waste Regulations
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods etc Regs
changes around the corner
Changes Around the Corner…
  • CAW, ASLIC and Prohibitions Regs into one set of Regulations
  • Tightening of controls, control limits
  • Changes to licensing requirements
  • Counting rules
  • Accreditation for clearances
then to the practicalities
Then to the Practicalities…..
  • Plan in any necessary removal or protection work, costs, and time delay
  • Use an approved consultant and contractor – selection and competence
  • Ensure staff have had asbestos awareness training
  • Be aware that ACMs can be found unexpectedly or become damaged
  • Report suspect materials or damaged asbestos materials immediately
example case
Example Case
  • Stockport MBC and G & J Seddon
  • Prohibition Notices September 2005
  • Refurbishment of council properties
  • Including replacement of barge boards, damaged AIB soffits
  • Work stopped until surveys carried out and safe systems set up
  • Effects: exposure to dust, poor PR, contractual problems, financial losses, inconvenience etc
asbestos surveys
Asbestos Surveys
  • Scope and limitations:
    • Type 2 survey: comprehensive sampling strategy, but no destruction. Survey limitations: non-accessible areas, health or safety risks
    • Type 3 survey: more invasive, pre-demolition or refurbishment. When area is vacated.
  • Survey Report and Register
  • Competence, experience, UKAS-accreditation
  • Type 3 survey demands additional skills
  • Unusual examples e.g. asbestos in demolition waste, blocks
asbestos remedial work removal encapsulation protection
Asbestos Remedial Work(Removal, Encapsulation, Protection)
  • Appoint asbestos project manager
  • Specification and Scope of Works
  • Planning and organising: services, hazards, effect on activities in the area
  • Asbestos removal subject to CDM?
  • Air testing and clearances
  • Waste disposal
  • Reinstatement
client and designer lessons
Client and Designer Lessons
  • Type 2 survey only: not fit for purpose
  • Failure to flag up in the design information that asbestos risks existed
  • Contractors exposed to dust
  • Delay, un-budgetted cost, civil claims
next steps to consider
Next Steps to Consider
  • Asbestos awareness training is both necessary and beneficial
  • Reliance on the contractor or maintenance worker to pick up the presence of asbestos containing materials is missing the point
  • Be aware of survey and surveyor limitations
  • Consider the activities and processes involved in implementing your work and the effects upon ACMs
  • The costs involved with failure are often significant
sources of further information
Sources of Further Information
  • Conference notes
  • HSE leaflets, guidance and booklets
  • HSE web site:
  • Take advice
    • Your advisers
    • Us!
      • 01482-644632

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