Farmers told to take action on asbestos

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Farmers told to take action on asbestos

Farmers have been told to take action by the health and safety executive (HSE) for any asbestos on their buildings.

This recent drive by the HSE follows unannounced farm inspections in which a number of fines were handed out for breaching health and safety regulations.

Farmers have a legal obligation to protect workers and visitors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. In basic terms it is the legal duty of the farm to manage asbestos in ‘’non-domestic’’ properties which a farm obviously falls under.

While driving through the countryside you will notice the majority of farm buildings are constructed with asbestos barn roofs. Making it higher risk than usual is the fact family members including children are often living on farms.

The HSE outline the regulations in its publication ‘’ What a good farm looks like’’. In layman’s terms farms must have an asbestos management plan. The first step is having an asbestos survey carried out will locate any asbestos and give recommendations the farm must take to comply with the HSE.

Asbestos cement barn roof

Demotion works

If you plan on carrying out any demolition on your farm you MUST have an asbestos demolition survey carried out prior.

This type of asbestos survey is more intrusive and will identify any asbestos on the building that may need removing before it is demolished.

Handling asbestos

The majority of farm buildings will only contain non-licensed asbestos, although only an asbestos survey will confirm this.

You need to be competent person to remove this, this means you need to have had CAT B training, had an asbestos medical within the last 5 years, have insurance in place for asbestos removal and carried out risk assessments.

We always recommend you get a expert company like ourselves to deal with your asbestos, its really not worth it and legally can cost you a lot if you get caught out,

Here at Complete Asbestos Surveys we can carry out the management plan for you and follow through with any recommendations to make your farm compliant.


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