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Asbestos knowledge lacking, finds survey

23 January 2013

Results from the 2011 Great British Asbestos Survey have been released and reveals the level of awareness of asbestos in buildings from a wide range of industry...

Results from a survey into the management of asbestos in British buildings have suggested that there are significant gaps in terms of knowledge of responsibilities, provision of information and training.

The annual industry wide survey, carried out by the UKAS Accredited Asbestos Industry Group www.asbestosinspectionbodies.co.uk, aims to provide a comprehensive and accurate picture of the level of awareness of Asbestos in Buildings within the built environment industry.

The survey was completed throughout 2011 by a wide range of professionals representing a range of business sizes and disciplines from across the UK.

Overall it would appear that many commercial businesses have asbestos management procedures in place but there is a lack of understanding in terms of knowledge of responsibilities, provision of information and training which is demonstrated by the number of people that have confirmed that they have disturbed asbestos during their activities. For residential buildings the management of asbestos doesn't seem to be as strong and although Regulation 4 is not applicable to residential buildings the other regulations are.

For surveys there is still approximately 25% not being completed in line with guidance and this can lead to poor surveys, a lack of comeback in terms of complaints procedures and insurances and ultimately could increase the risk of personnel being exposed to asbestos where not identified properly.

To read the full survey and/or comment on its findings, visit: www.asbestos ins pectionbodies.co.uk