Asbestos and the Emergency Services
Asbestos and the Emergency Services: are you aware that you have a duty to make information about asbestos in your premises available to the Emergency Services?
Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 relates to the Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises, and part of this Regulation relates to the provision of information about asbestos to the Emergency Services. Regulation 4-9 The measures to be specified in the plan for managing the risk must include adequate measures for:
- monitoring the condition of any asbestos or any substance containing or suspected of containing asbestos;
- ensuring any asbestos or any such substance is properly maintained or where necessary safely removed;
- ensuring that information about the location and condition of any asbestos or any such substance is:
- provided to every person liable to disturb it, and
- made available to the emergency services.
How will you comply with this provision?
The obvious route is to make your asbestos survey available to the Emergency Services whenever they attend your site. In practice, the service that is most likely to require this information is the Fire and Rescue Service. Ensure that whoever liaises with the Fire and Rescue Service has access to the asbestos register. If you have an Emergency Response Folder, keep a copy of the Asbestos Register in it.
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