Used extensively in the UK in a wide range of products, but particularly in insulations and building materials following World War II, asbestos is likely to be found in a building if it was built or refurbished between 1950 and 1980.
Last year, the HSE reported that there were over 5,000 asbestos-related deaths per year, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Given the latency period associated with asbestos related diseases, many of those suffering today worked in the building trade many years ago and were exposed to asbestos fibres in their day to day work.
The duty to manage asbestos is included in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.It requires those responsible for the maintenance and repairs in a building which may contain asbestos to manage the risk posed by:
- Finding out if there is asbestos in the premises, its location and what condition it is in
- Making and keeping up to date records of the locations and condition
- Preparing a plan that sets out in detail how you will manage the risk from identified materials
- Taking the steps needed to put your plan into action
- Reviewing and monitoring the plan and its effectiveness
- Setting up a system for providing information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone is liable to work on or disturb it.
Alcumus Info Exchange helps organisations who are responsible for buildings containing asbestos to create and manage their asbestos register, along with demonstrating compliance.
The module can be used to manage surveys, condition checks and supply your contractors and employees with the ability to log their findings including location, risk banding, recommendations and images on the go. This allows them to capture real-time data and removes duplication of effort, while enabling documentation, including plans, to be uploaded at the click of a button. This ensures all your information is easily accessible and in one place.
Access to your asbestos register can be provided to contractors, ensuring they not only have all the information they need to perform their works safely, but can also plan in advance including completing and submitting their risk assessments.
Don’t just take our word for it….
Read our latest case study to find how the Royal Mail utilise their Asbestos Information Management module, to help their contractors prepare risk assessments before coming to site.