28 Dec 2020
At OHSS Safety Consultants, we have been helping to protect businesses against the dangers of asbestos for almost twenty years. We create blogs like this one to help educate our readers on the damage that the material can cause and how to spot it when you see it.
In this blog, we look at asbestos regulations and more specifically, the responsibilities you have under Irish law to protect your employees and anyone else that has cause to use any given business premises.
One of the most important obligations an employer or building owner has under Irish law with regards to asbestos is a duty to identify any ACMs (Asbestos-Containing-Materials) before conducting any building demolition or renovation works. If a 3rd party site is involved, employers must obtain this information from the owner.
Should there be any ambiguity as to the presence of the material, measures must be taken in action like asbestos surveys to ascertain the precise situation. Until this is confirmed, no work is to be carried out. Whether dealing with contractors or employees, the person responsible must adhere to this to prevent inadvertent exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is One of the Biggest Workplace Killers
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that asbestos is one of the biggest killers in the workplace, as over 107,000 die each year globally from direct exposure to it. Adherence to all known guidelines relating to asbestos disposal, how to remove asbestos and general asbestos abatement really is a matter of life and death.
At OHSS, we are passionate about providing impartial, honest advice about all workplace safety matters and if you would like to know more about what we’ve spoken about here or about what we do, please visit us online at www.ohss.ie. Alternatively, if you need urgent assistance or guidance in any occupational hygiene matter, call us today on 01 6905907 and we’ll do our utmost to help you in any way we can.