Should you be concerned about asbestos?

asbestos through a scope

Blunt question – Should you bother with asbestos or be concerned about asbestos?

Asbestos is an emotive word, it brings some people out in cold sweats and other say it’s all a load of fuss about nothing.  Regardless of your current opinion let’s look at whether you should deal with any asbestos issues you may have.

Are you responsible for maintenance or repair of  a commercial property?

YES – If the answer is yes then you should be concerned about asbestos. As the responsible person you are considered the duty holder in the eyes of the law and have full responsibility not only for yourself, but for anyone in your employment and also visitors to your site.  Under the control of asbestos regulations 2012 you must manage your asbestos. This is usually by way of asbestos survey, asbestos management plan, risk assessment and control.

Still don’t feel you should be concerned about asbestos or dealing with your asbestos issues?  What would happen if you turn a blind eye to this scenario? 

The Health and Safety Executive have the power and regularly use it to issue improvement notices, prohibitions notices fines and take people and businesses to court regularly because they have failed in their duty to manage or identify asbestos.  Fines can range from hundreds of pounds all the way up to millions of pounds accumulated from fines and court costs.

Are you working on your own site or someone else’s site?

YES – Again you have a duty to yourself and others at the site to ensure you are not going to expose them to asbestos.  Your work must be planned accordingly to take into consideration any asbestos that maybe affected as part of your work, you or your employer should identify this prior to your works proceeding.

Still don’t feel you need to be concerned about asbestos or necessary to identify asbestos?

Asbestos can cause several diseases that are incurable.  The period from exposure to the disease appearing can range from 10 to 50 years.  These diseases are on the increase within the population. Following the recent death statistics released the total number of people dying each year has reached to over 5000. This is taking into consideration mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer deaths combined.

Shockingly, most people upon seeing their doctor and being diagnosed with mesothelioma are usually given three to eighteen months on average to live.

Consideration

Hopefully upon reading this you may have changed your mind regarding dealing with asbestos, either from a legal, monetary or moral standpoint.

At Acorn, we can help you with regards to any aspect of asbestos management whether you are a duty holder, a tradesperson or if you have concerns regarding your domestic home.  Feel free to get in touch with us for free advice or a quotation either by telephone 01604 648928 or our online quote form which can be found here.

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

Need Help? Request a Call Back

Request a call back from one of our expert Asbestos Consultants who will help you identify what you need

More Asbestos Articles

Acorn Lower Service 55

What happens when asbestos goes wrong?

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, has been a staple in the construction industry for decades due to its heat-resistant properties. However, when mishandled, it can lead to severe health risks, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately, cases of asbestos mismanagement are still prevalent today, despite the wealth of information and regulations available to prevent such … Read more

asbestos an issue

Unmasking the Truth: Is Asbestos An Issue for UK Employers in 2023?

Is asbestos an issue for employers today, even a decade after regulations tightened? The answer, shockingly, remains a resounding yes. It’s easy to dismiss asbestos as a problem of the past, but the reality is that the spectre of asbestos still haunts many workplaces in the UK in 2023. Asbestos – A Lingering Threat Even … Read more

Asbestos removal 2

Acorn Help Raise Money for Help The Heroes

Saturday 4th May 2013 saw the second Tough Mudder event at Boughton House, Kettering. Taking part and helping to raise money for Help The Heroes was Acorn Analytical Services Director – Neil Munro. Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. … Read more

Acorn Lower Service 39

Firms fined for asbestos exposure risk at scrap yard and naval training base

A number of workers and Royal Navy personnel were exposed to asbestos after pipes lined with the dangerous material were left on a roadside before being put in an open skip and transferred to a salvage yard, a court has heard. The pipes, lined with asbestos insulation, were removed from HMS Sultan naval training base … Read more

DSCF0003 1024x764 1

Council in court for ignoring asbestos threat in school

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools. Basildon Crown Court heard today (1 March 2013) that despite being made aware of asbestos concerns in a boiler room at Stifford Clays Junior School, no action was taken. A specialist contractor tasked with carrying out an asbestos … Read more

Asbestos demolition 3

Building owner fined for asbestos exposure

An industrial property owner has been prosecuted for exposing untrained workers to dangerous asbestos fibres following a series of failings at a building in Newport. In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court heard today (21 February) that Mr Nasimul Karbani, from Middlesex, employed two workers and then helped … Read more

Management survey 1

Hospital trust in court for asbestos failures

A North East hospital trust has been fined after contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard today that over the weekend of 24/25 March 2012, contractors at the infirmary on Queen Alexandra Road drilled through door surrounds on a ward to install cables. The following day concerns … Read more

Acorn Banners 23

Swansea engineering firm and building contractor fined for asbestos exposure

Workers were exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres following a catalogue of errors by an engineering company and a building firm during a demolition and refurbishment project in Swansea, a court has heard. The project was badly managed, with untrained staff put in charge of the operation, and was underpinned by inadequate surveys for the presence … Read more