Workers who may need this level of information, instruction and training include those listed on our previous asbestos awareness blog and whose work will require them to disturb asbestos-containing materials.
Such instances could be drilling holes in asbestos materials (including for sampling and analysis purposes), laying cables in areas containing undamaged asbestos materials, removing asbestos-containing floor tiles and cleaning or repairing asbestos cement sheet roofing or cladding.
The HSE states that the information, instruction and training for non-licensable work with asbestos, including NNLW, needs to cover the following:
- How to make suitable and sufficient assessments about the risk of exposure to asbestos
- Safe work practices and control measures, including an explanation of the correct use of control measures, protective equipment and work methods
- Selection and appropriate use of protective equipment
- Waste handling procedures
- Emergency procedures
- Relevant legal requirements
- Circumstances when non-licensed work may be notifiable (ie NNLW).
Leading specialist asbestos removal contractor Rhodar Ltd (part of Lexia Solutions Group, based in Leeds) is celebrating the completion of one of the UK’s largest asbestos removal jobs.
Leeds-based business Rhodar have issued a video that captures one of the largest asbestos removal projects in the UK at the famous Millennium Mills on London’s Docklands. They were commissioned in 2015 by The Silvertown Partnership as Principal Contractor, as part of the £3.5billion Docklands Silvertown Regeneration project, to oversee the process of returning the Millennium Mills building back to its original structural shell.
Rhodar, who operate on a regional, national and international level, successfully removed a range of hazardous materials at the enormous site, using specialist techniques that ensured many of the original building features could be retained. Amongst other waste and recyclables, this resulted in the removal of over 660 tonnes of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) over a 10 month programme period.
In this blog we investigate the dangers of asbestos in schools and what the short, medium and long-term objectives of eradicating asbestos in all UK schools could entail and how this could be achieved.
The issue of asbestos present in school buildings has been heavily debated in recent years. Campaigners like Michael Lees (now retired), whose wife Gina (a teacher) died from mesothelioma in 2000, have worked tirelessly to highlight the dangers of asbestos in schools, forcing it up the political agenda through careful parliamentary lobbying. Gina’s death was allegedly a direct result of exposure to asbestos in the schools she worked at throughout her academic career.
Many more school teachers have died from asbestos-related diseases as a result of exposure while working in a school, but the exact number is unknown. Even today, asbestos is estimated to be present in up to 75% of UK schools. There is no known safe threshold of exposure to asbestos fibres. This means that the inhalation of small quantities, even over a short period, can lead to mesothelioma decades after exposure.