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									Asbestos Policy



Effective from May 2010
Buckinghamshire New University




Contents

1     Asbestos general statement ...................................................................................................... 3
2     Assessment ................................................................................................................................. 3
3     Asbestos written plan ................................................................................................................. 3
4     Control of access to asbestos-containing materials ............................................................... 3
5     Monitoring and maintenance ..................................................................................................... 3
6     Asbestos related emergencies .................................................................................................. 4
7     Arrangements for controlling work on asbestos in the workplace premises....................... 4
8     Selection and control of contractors to work on asbestos-containing materials ................ 4
9     Procedures for dealing with health and safety issues ............................................................ 4
10    Safe system of work.................................................................................................................... 4
11    Summary policy statement ........................................................................................................ 5



Appendices:
Appendix 1: Asbestos Registry




         Preamble

         All University formal documents relate to the policies, strategies, procedures and
         regulations of the University having been approved by the appropriate formally recognised
         and constituted body. All University staff and students are required to adhere to the formal
         processes and regulations of the University.

         This document should not be read in isolation as other University processes/formal
         documents could be relevant. A full listing of all formal documents is available on the
         University’s website.

         Any interpretation of the content of this formal document will be at the discretion of the
         Safety Manager.

         All previous versions of this document as approved by the Safety Manager before April
         2010 shall be rescinded.

         The names of committees and titles of posts may change from time to time. This shall not
         invalidate the powers of the equivalent successor committees or post holders.

         If required this formal document is available in an alternative
         format eg Braille, tape, disc, email or a larger font size. Please
         contact the Health & Safety Manager




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1       Asbestos general statement
1.1     Buckinghamshire New University acknowledges the health hazards arising from exposure to
        asbestos and will protect employees, students and other persons potentially exposed as far as
        is reasonably practicable. This will be achieved by minimizing exposure through the
        management of asbestos-containing materials in the university premises.

1.2     Everyone who needs to know about the presence of asbestos will be alerted. No one will be
        allowed to start work that could disturb asbestos unless the correct procedures are to be
        employed.

1.3     This policy requires the full co-operation of management and employees at all levels. The
        person responsible for the implementation of this policy is the Safety Manager.



2       Assessment
2.1     Where required the University has been surveyed to determine whether asbestos-containing
        materials are present. It will be presumed that materials contain asbestos unless there is
        strong evidence to the contrary.

2.2     The amount and condition of the asbestos-containing material will be assessed and measures
        will be identified to ensure that airborne asbestos fibres are not present or formed in the
        workplace.



3       Asbestos written plan
3.1     A written plan that sets out the location of the asbestos-containing material and how the risk
        from this material will be managed will be prepared, and steps will be taken to put the plan into
        action. The plan and the arrangements will be reviewed at regular intervals, or when there
        has been a significant change to the University or personnel.



4       Control of access to asbestos-containing materials
4.1     Access to asbestos-containing materials in the premises will be controlled to prevent
        inadvertent disturbance of the material and the release of asbestos fibres. A plan or register
        showing the location of all asbestos-containing materials and presumed asbestos-containing
        materials will be made available.

4.2     Systems will be put in place to ensure that anyone liable to disturb asbestos-containing
        materials is made aware of their location.



5       Monitoring and maintenance
5.1     The condition of all asbestos-containing materials or materials suspected of containing
        asbestos will be inspected at agreed intervals to ascertain that there has been no damage or
        deterioration. Where damage or deterioration is found the asbestos-containing material will be
        reassessed and repaired or removed as appropriate.




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6       Asbestos related emergencies
6.1     Procedures to deal with asbestos-related incidents will be put in place (including the provision
        of information and warning systems); risk assessments will be undertaken for any accidental
        release of asbestos fibres.



7       Arrangements for controlling work on asbestos in the
        workplace premises
7.1     Any work on, or removal of, asbestos-containing materials will be controlled to ensure that
        adequate precautions are taken to prevent the release of asbestos fibres.

7.2     Work with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials is to be carried out by a licensed
        contractor (licensed by the HSE) unless the work is exempted from the requirement for
        licensing.



8       Selection and control of contractors to work on asbestos-
        containing materials
8.1     When contractors are engaged to work on the premises, adequate steps will be taken to
        ensure the contractors are competent and have sufficient skills and knowledge to do the job
        safely and without risks to health.

8.2     Only contractors licensed by the HSE will be used for the removal of asbestos-containing
        materials, unless the work involves the removal of materials in which:
           asbestos fibres are firmly linked in a matrix
           the exposure during the removal process is likely to be sporadic or of low intensity

8.3     Contractors hired to carry out building or allied trade work that will involve minor work with
        asbestos must comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.



9       Procedures for dealing with health and safety issues
9.1     Where an employee raises a health and safety problem related to work with asbestos, the
        University will:
        a) take all necessary steps to investigate the circumstances;
        b) take corrective measures where appropriate;
        c) advise the employee of actions taken.

9.2     Where a problem arises relating to the condition of asbestos-containing material on the
        premises or during work with an asbestos-containing material, the employee must:
        a) inform the Estates and Facilities Department or Safety Manager, immediately;
        b) in the case of an accident or emergency, respond quickly to ensure effective treatment.



10      Safe system of work
10.1    Asbestos is hazardous to employees and others if asbestos fibres are inhaled. The formation
        or airborne asbestos fibres can be prevented if asbestos-containing materials in the premises
        are maintained in good condition and not damaged. This can be achieved if employees:
        a) do not carry out any work (even small jobs such as installing computers or shelving) on
            the fabric of the premises without consulting the Estates and Facilities Directorate;


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        b) report any damage to, or deterioration of, asbestos-containing materials and any incidents
           that occur during work with asbestos.



11      Summary policy statement
11.1    Asbestos is hazardous in the form of airborne fibres, but employees and students will not be
        affected by it if they do not disturb asbestos-containing materials. Employees can prevent
        inadvertent exposure to asbestos if they:
        a) consult with the Estate and Facilities Directorate or Safety Manager before carrying out
            any work that might disturb asbestos-containing material in any part of the building;
        b) follow the written plan and use the control measures that are in place when carrying out
            any work that will disturb asbestos;
        c) report any damage to, or deterioration of, any asbestos-containing material.




        Prepared by:         Health & Safety Manager                             Date:   April 2010
        Final Approval by:   Health and Safety Committee
        Review Date:         May 2013
        Updated on:          May 2010
        Equality Impact Assessment completed:


© [2010] Buckinghamshire New University




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