Are you controlling the risk from your asbestos containing materials?
An engineering firm has been fined after asbestos was found at their factory and they failed to document or manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site.
Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how Blue Diamond Engineering Limited of County Durham, was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at the company’s factory premises in 2006. Work undertaken at the premises had the potential to disturb the hazardous asbestos materials, and until HSE’s intervention, the company had not documented or implemented an Asbestos Management Plan to adequately control the risk of exposure.
Blue Diamond Engineering Limited, of Shildon Industrial Estate, Shildon, was fined a total of £11,000, with costs of £1,610 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulation 4(8)(b) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
This extract was taken from the HSE website and the prosecution took place in November 2015, so even with the recent focus on and drive to meet asbestos regulations it does show that there is still need for tighter controls. A survey is only part of your management plan and on its own will not be sufficient to control the risk from your asbestos containing materials.
Assurity Consulting can help with your day to day management and guide you on the correct path to make sure that your obligations are met and that you, your employees and visitors to your properties are safe from any exposure risk.