Asbestos

Summary of changes

The Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012, updated the previous legislation to fully implement the relevant EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC).
The changes are fairly limited and only affect those who work with asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Since University staff are not permitted to work with any form of asbestos the impact of the changes on University departments is negligible.

For those contractors who do work with ACMs certain non-licensed work is now subject to additional requirements, i.e. notification of the work to the enforcing authority (HSE), arrangements for medical surveillance and record keeping. All other requirements set out in the legislation remain unchanged.
The management of asbestos in the University is a corporate responsibility and decisions on whether non-licensed work is now notifiable will be made on the basis of a risk assessment following discussions involving the asbestos removal contractor, Estates Services and the Safety Office.

  1. Introduction

This Policy has been revised to take account of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR), which requires employers to manage the risks to health arising from asbestos on their premises.

Many University buildings will have asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building fabric, as they were in common use until the mid-1980s; they may also be present in old equipment. Where these materials are in good condition and remain undisturbed they do not present a risk to health. When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, fibres may become airborne and can be inhaled. This can happen when work is carried out on or near ACMs, especially if they are broken, sawn, drilled, or sanded, or are in a poor state of repair.

The University’s Estates Services is responsible for managing asbestos in the fabric of buildings and departments are responsible for managing that present in equipment.

 

2. Asbestos materials

3. Work on asbestos

4. Record keeping and risk assessment - the asbestos register

5. Asbestos in equipment

6. Marking of asbestos

7. Disturbance of asbestos

8. ACM's in departmental equipment

9. Removal or encapsulation of asbestos

10. Asbestos waste

11. Departmental action

12. Appendix 1

THIS STATEMENT FORMS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY SAFETY POLICY.  UNIVERSITY POLICY NOTE S9/10 IS WITHDRAWN.  PLEASE AMEND THE INDEX.

October 2013                                                                                                                 

J Black