Help is available if you need to carry out an asbestos risk assessment in the UK. Many buildings constructed before the turn of the millennium were produced via the use of asbestos. This means there’s a big chance that your home or business premises are harbouring asbestos if they were built before the year 2000. Asbestos is generally harmless if it is left untouched. However, problems can arise when its toxic fibres are disturbed. An asbestos risk assessment is carried out to ensure that the material can be removed safely.
Absestosis and its symptoms
Long-term asbestos exposure can cause a serious lung condition that’s known as asbestosis. When asbestos dust is breathed in, asbestos fibres enter the lungs. The damage worsens over time. There is a chance people will come into contact with asbestos if they spend time in an environment where existing asbestos is disturbed. People who are at particular risk of coming into contact with asbestos fibres can include heating and ventilation engineers, plumbers, demolition workers, electricians, construction workers.
Exposure to asbestos can result in scarring of the lungs. Someone who has contracted asbestosis may experience shortness of breath, a persistent cough, extreme tiredness or fatigue, wheezing, pain in their shoulder and chest and even clubbed fingertips. The symptoms of asbestosis can take many years to appear. However, asbestos can be fatal and is also incurable. This is why it’s so important to keep risk to a minimum when working on a site where asbestos is known or suspected to be present.
Do you need to carry out an asbestos removal risk assessment?
If you have a project planned that could cause asbestos fibres to be disturbed and released into the air, it’s essential to have an asbestos risk assessment carried out.
Before starting any work that is likely to disturb asbestos, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be prepared by the employer or person in charge of the premises. This means examining the potential risks to health and identifying which precautions are needed to make the work safe. Whoever carries out the asbestos removal risk assessment must have a sufficient level of knowledge, training and expertise. This is to make sure that they understand the risks from asbestos (and general risks) to enable them to make informed decisions about the risks and identify the appropriate action required to reduce them. They will also need to be able to estimate the expected level of exposure to help them decide whether or not the control limit is likely to be exceeded.
Working closely with the client’s legal ‘Dutyholder’, our Risk Assessor locates and assesses all accessible Asbestos containing materials in building fabric and plant equipment.
Contact Comfort Services Group today to find out how we can help you to identify any potential areas of concern via an asbestos risk assessment, our quotes are free with no obligations.