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New asbestos management guidance issued to retailers

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New guidance has been issued to help retailers with asbestos management and promote good practice in the sector.

The Retail Asbestos Working Group’s latest guide is entitled ‘The Management of Asbestos Containing Materials in the Retail Sector’ and is a reminder to shops and building contractors about the legislation that covers working with the hazardous substance.

Among the issues covered are training requirements, dutyholder responsibilities, management of asbestos during day-to-day trading operations, when site surveys are needed, how to approach maintenance, refurbishment and demolition projects, and when to call in licensed asbestos removal contractors.

In the foreword to the guidance, the Health & Safety Executive’s chief inspector for construction, Heather Bryant, explained why it is so important for retailers to follow the correct procedures.

“Asbestos is still the ‘hidden killer’. Around 4,500 people die every year because of past exposure to asbestos fibres,” said Ms Bryant.

“It is essential that retailers and other organisations who carry out major refurbishment works allocate sufficient time and space for the safe removal of asbestos-containing materials.”

BLS Asbestos has significant experience within the retail sector, including carrying out a nationwide programme of asbestos removal and site reinstatement for Poundstretcher.

Find out more about BLS’s services for retailers by clicking here, and download the Retail Asbestos Working Group’s guidance from the British Retail Consortium’s website.

Published: 13th November 2013