There is a need to educate about the danger asbestos presents. Research shows that tradesmen in particular think that asbestos is a historical problem and they are not at risk. Many properties still contain asbestos, and there will be an increasing requirement for the more invasive refurbishment / demolition surveys which are particularly demanding.
The HSE has reviewed its ‘MDHS 100’ guidance on asbestos surveying, which describes Type 1, 2 and 3 surveys and this document was replaced in January with ‘Managing Asbestos in Premises, the Survey Guide’, which will describe management surveys and refurbishment / demolition sur-veys.
‘Managing Asbestos in Premises, the Survey Guide’ places a far greater emphasis on competency and is used internationally as a guide to survey premises for the presence of asbestos.
Ohss is providing training and seminars on aimed at building surveyors, architects, engineers, building maintenance personnel, asbestos accredited inspection bodies and clients who want to find out more about the duty to manage asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos - the Duty to Manage - review and asbestos surveys:
• Asbestos the new survey guide - main features and changes - how it affects surveying organisations and their clients
OHSS founder Paul Foran has extensive experience in the field both as a consultant and as a former Inspector with the Health & Safety Authority (www.hsa.ie) , where he was heavily involved in formulating health and safety policy making and legislation