HSE launches new asbestos and silica dust clampdown

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new campaign to protect workers at British building sites from the dangers posed by asbestos and silica dust.

Its staff will carry out a programme of unannounced visits to refurbishment and repair sites between September 22nd and October 17th 2014.

HSE inspectors will focus on activities that pose a risk to the long-term health of construction workers, including exposure to asbestos and other harmful dusts and hazardous substances, and will take immediate enforcement action if they identify unacceptable practices.

Philip White, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction, said: “Industry has made much progress in reducing the number of people killed and injured in its activities, but for every fatal accident, approximately 100 construction workers die from a work-related cancer.

“Time and again we find smaller contractors working on refurbishment and repair work failing to protect their workers through a lack of awareness and poor control of risks. This isn’t acceptable - it costs lives, and we will take strong and robust action where we find poor practice and risky behaviour.”

The first step towards the management of asbestos risks on site is to have an asbestos survey carried out to identify the presence and condition of asbestos containing materials, and to establish if any of them need to be removed by a licensed contractor.

BLS Asbestos has extensive experience of undertaking surveys for and providing asbestos removal services to construction, refurbishment and demolition contractors to help them keep their staff safe and meet their legal requirements.

For more information about our services or to request a quote for a survey or removal work, please contact BLS Asbestos.

Published: 22nd September 2014