Asbestos management services offered by FutureSure ensure your business premises are kept as safe as possible from any remaining Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) you have in your premises.
FutureSure are committed to helping you and your business control Asbestos on site and to mitigate the associated health risks they present to your employees, customers and other site users.
Our consultants and contractors are all trained to P405 standard in the management of asbestos.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing and sprayed on ceilings and walls. It is now banned in the UK. Buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them. If the asbestos-containing materials inside these buildings remain intact, they pose very little risk.
If you breathe in these fibres, they can damage your lungs.
- Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road.
- Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure.
- However, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
Dangerous effects of Asbestos:
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.
There are 4 main diseases associated with breathing in asbestos fibres:
- Non-malignant pleural disease (diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques);
- Asbestosis – a non-malignant scarring of the lung tissue;
- Asbestos-related lung cancer;
- Mesothelioma – a form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs.
It’s only when these materials are damaged or disturbed that tiny asbestos fibres can be released into the air and breathed into your lungs.
The symptoms of asbestos-related disease take many years – even decades – to appear after the original exposure to asbestos, so exposure a long time ago might only be showing up as a disease today.
The Health and Safety Executive website has lots more information about asbestos here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/
Who is most at risk?
Working with asbestos
You are at higher risk of damage to your lungs if you’ve been exposed to asbestos for a long time at work. People at higher risk are those who’ve worked as:
- asbestos miners
If you’ve worked in shipbuilding, railway engineering and factories that made asbestos products, you also have a higher risk.
You might also be at risk if you have lived with a worker who was exposed to asbestos.
FutureSure, Helping you manage your sites Asbestos:
Amongst our full range of Health and Safety compliance services FutureSure offer a range of Asbestos management services:
- Asbestos Risk assessments;
- Asbestos Management Plans and Plans of Work;
- Labelling and mapping of Asbestos Containing Materials;
- And, practical help with safely cordoning off and managing your asbestos containing materials.
Due to the high risk nature of asbestos we do not break, handle or remove asbestos from your property ourselves, we use our preferred contractors to help you with this level of your asbestos management if it’s required.
Whilst you might think that removal of the hazard is the best practice The government advice is; if it is unlikely to be disturbed or broken to release fibres, it’s best to leave it in place. The removal of asbestos must be done by trained and lisensed professionals in most cases and the costs of enclosing, treating, removing, air testing, decontaminating, and waste disposal is a significant financial cost and may put multiple people at significant risk of exposure; as such management plans and monitoring are best practice and our Asbestos Consultants can help you make the right decisions and ensure the safety of your employees and other site users.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.
Your FutureSure Asbestos Risk Assessment:
A suitable and sufficient risk assessment should include full details of the work to be undertaken and how long the work is expected to take.
The findings of the assessment should be communicated to employees, and anybody else who could be affected. A copy of the risk assessment must be available on site.
If you have, or suspect you may have, asbestos containing materials on your site, it is your responsibility to manage and control exposure to it. You must detail your control plans in a risk assessment and management plan to document the checks and cordons you have in place to ensure the site users are not exposed to the significant hazard.
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