New asbestos guide for small firms

Asbestos roofing sheets (Image: Dreamstime/Milkos)

A new, one-page asbestos risk guide aimed at small construction businesses and tradespeople who work with or disturb building fabric has been launched.

The guide, from the Construction Leadership Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing workstream, comes amid a focus on retrofitting for net zero and a strong home improvement market.

Asbestos can be found in any building built before 2000 and is responsible for 5,000 deaths a year, the CLC said.

The new digital and printed guide, Asbestos Risk, is produced in an infographic-style PDF and offers at-a-glance information as well as links to key resources and industry advice.

Asbestos Risk shows where asbestos can commonly be found in the home and commercial buildings and links to an ‘Am I at risk?’ help page, HSE guidance and reminders about the correct use of PPE. It is designed to accompany the Asbestos Network’s ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos’ flowchart.

The guide was authored by the Supporting Small Employers group of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and has been written by small businesses, for small businesses. It is supported by the National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), as well as the construction industry’s leading trade unions, Unite and GMB.

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