Asbestos Permit


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Asbestos Permit-to-Work

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.

It is important for all employers to have a health and safety policy in place and for those companies who employ more than 5 employees, it is a legal requirement. Make sure that you have the correct health and safety documents in the workplace and that they are not out of date.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the legislation dealing with health & safety in the workplace and is usually governed by local authorities who make the necessary checks and visits to companies to ensure that the rules and regulations of the act are complied with.

A health & safety policy should be written by someone in your place of work, preferably by someone who has taken a course in health and safety and is aware of the responsibilities. The templates you can download will help you to create a policy which is clear and easily understood by the work force.

A health & safety document usually comprises of three elements which are:

  • A statement outlining how safety procedures will be managed in the workplace.
  • How safety is to managed and who is responsible for safety procedures
  • How health & safety activities are managed.
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