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HSE launches new asbestos factsheet for retailers

17th May 2010 | Warning Signs

Retailers are set to benefit from a new resource designed to help them effectively manage asbestos-related risks at their sites, it has been confirmed.

Independent retail trade body BHF-BSSA Group and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have developed the new factsheet to highlight the importance of adhering to 'duty to manage' regulations.

The main areas covered by the document are who has the duty to manage; what the duty to manage means; three essential steps to comply with the duty; and advice on asbestos surveys.

"Around 4,000 people die each year from past exposure to asbestos," said Steve Coldrick, asbestos programme director at the HSE.

"It may be present in any building built before the year 2000 and so it is essential that retailers are aware of the risk it still poses and their responsibilities in managing it."

Mr Coldrick added that he hopes the initiative will help to remove any "mystery or uncertainty" surrounding the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

Last month, Nationwide Building Contractors was fined £4,500 after being found guilty of failing to carry out suitable checks for asbestos or asbestos-containing materials.

The punishment related to refurbishment work being undertaken at the Hall Garth Hotel Golf and Country Club in Coatham Mundeville.

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