All works involving asbestos and asbestos materials carried out on company premises are subject to a permit-to-work. This is due to their high-risk nature.
A permit to work is defined as a specialised safe system of work through which certain activities can only be carried out by an authorised person.
Permits to Work are an essential and important way of ensuring the health and safety of employees, contractors and others. They go towards ensuring a company fulfils their duty of care.
Working with and around asbestos requires specific adherence to HSE/HSC Approved Codes of Practice, most notably:
- The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012 Approved Code of Practice L27
- The Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations
- Work with Asbestos Insulation, Asbestos Coating and Asbestos Insulation Board
Any work on, or near, asbestos-bearing material, requires a permit to work. “Near” is defined as any works which may unintentionally damage adjacent asbestos-bearing or suspected asbestos-bearing materials.
All Asbestos Permits-to-Work must be issued by the Dutyholder (Asbestos) in line with company procedure. Only licensed removal companies can undertake work involving asbestos removal. The Asbestos Management process from discovery to removal and treatment must be undertaken in line with the company Asbestos Management Plan.