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Asbestos Control

Policy Statement

Snowik recognises the health risks associated with breathing in air contaminated with asbestos dust/fibres. Arrangements will be made therefore to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that employees and others (clients, contractors) are not at risk from exposure to hazardous forms of Asbestos. The arrangements will take account of legislative requirements, codes of practice and other guidance produced by the Health and Safety Executive.

Arrangements

As Snowik will not be carrying out any asbestos removal the following action will be taken to ensure that an effective management system is established for the control of asbestos in premises where works are being carried out by Snowik.

  1. The presence of asbestos in a building, including its location and condition will be brought to the attention of the person responsible for maintaining that building and the Responsible Premises Officer. This will also be immediately reported to the Snowik office.
  2. Procedural arrangements will be developed to ensure that any person required to undertake building maintenance, repair or cleaning work will not disturb or accidentally cause the release of asbestos fibres during the course of their work. In high risk areas this may involve a permit to work system.

Training

  1. Arrangements will be made to ensure that persons who may encounter asbestos during the course of their work are given appropriate training to enable them to:

a)Identify the situations in which asbestos may be present.
b)Recognise asbestos or material likely to contain asbestos and the need to prevent its disturbance.
c)Be aware of the health risks associated with asbestos.
d)Understand the requirements of safe working practices to avoid or minimise the risks to health.

Guidance

To assist in the effective implementation of this policy, detailed guidance will be provided on the following aspects:

a)Legal requirements
b)The dangers associated with asbestos
c)Where asbestos is likely to be found
d)The management of asbestos in buildings, including Asbestos Register, Appointment of Contractors, removal, etc.
e)The safe disposal of asbestos waste.
f)Information for contractors.
g)Training arrangements.
h)Information for and consultation with employees.
i)Arrangements for health surveillance.

Legal Reference

This policy and its associated guidance outline the provisions the Council will make to discharge its duties in relation to the following statutory requirements.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 the duty to maintain so far as is reasonably practicable any place of work in a condition that is safe and without risks to health.

The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 all requirements but with particular reference to Regulation 4 Duty to Manage.

The Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983 all requirements.

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