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Hansen – Managing Safely Presentation by C. Wales Health and Safety Advisor Fenlock-Hansen Ltd ASBESTOS
Hansen – Managing SafelyObjectives Name 3 main health effects Name 3 properties Name 4 applications Identify potential locations Action upon suspected discovery Identify material that can be removed Name the appropriate control measures
Hansen – Managing SafelyContent What is asbestos Health effects from Exposure Asbestos Containing Materials and where to look for them Can we remove asbestos - Company policy Safe Systems of Work Dust
Hansen – Managing Safely What is Asbestos Once known as the “Miracle Mineral” Now one of the most widespread contaminants on earth
Hansen – Managing Safely “Miracle Mineral” Low Thermal Conductivity High Temperature Resistance High tensile strength Low electrical conductivity Chemically inert
Hansen – Managing SafelyHistory Import of Amphibole Asbestos
Hansen – Managing Safely How long have we known? 1890 Asbestos becomes a new raw material for large manufacturing industries. 1918 Prudential insurance internal memo notes life insurance not to be given to asbestos workers. 1930 Johns-Manville internal memo identifies a large fatalities amongst asbestos workers. 1932 letter U.S bureau of mines to asbestos manufacture Eagle-Pricher “It is now known that asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous dusts to which man is exposed.
Hansen – Managing Safely 1933 29% of John-Manville’s plant have asbestosis. 1936 group of asbestos companies sponsor research into the effect of asbestos but demand control over disclosure of information. 1942 John-Manville president says that managers of another asbestos firm were “a bunch of fools for notifying employees who had asbestosis”. When asked “do you mean to tell me that you would let them work till they drop dead” his response was “yes. We save a lot of money that way”.
Hansen – Managing Safely 1951 Results published with all references to cancer removed. 1964 Toxicological study identifies abnormal results. 1969 Voluntary ban on Crocidolite. 1985 Amosite & Crocidolite. 1999 Chrysotile Ban.
Hansen – Managing Safely Asbestosis Mesothelioma Lung Cancer Pleural Plaques Throat and Nose Cancers Cancers of the Digestive Tract Health Effects
Hansen – Managing Safely Asbestosis Reduced lung capacity 10 years + to develop. Treatment will slow down but not halt. Often result in death through heart problems. Approx 300 deaths P.A, and decreasing
Hansen – Managing Safely Lung Cancer Similar to Tobacco L.C. Operable in very early stages. Appears 10-15 years + after first exposure. 90% die within 5 years. Approx 2500 deaths P.A
Hansen – Managing Safely Action upon Discovery Stop Work immediately Restrict access Decontaminate/ shower Inform Minimise Fibre release Arrange for sampling Never take a chance it may contain asbestos.
Hansen – Managing Safely Can the work be carried out without disturbing the A.C.M? Yes Carry out the work, without disturbing the A.C.M. No Does the work involve disturbance of asbestos insulation, coating or board? Yes No Will the work involve 1 person working > 1h in 7 days. Or a total of 2 man hours? Yes Is the work carried out by your own fully trained employees? Yes No Notify the HSE Use A Specialist HSE licensed contractor.Guidance
Hansen – Managing Safely No Plan Your work so that the minimum number of people are present. Do you have sufficient training and equipment to do the work? No Yes Use a non-licensed contractor With the necessary expertise or a specialist contractor licensed by the H.S.E Assess the risks and prepare a detailed method statement/ check that the contractors risk assessment and method statement are suitable & sufficientGuidance
Hansen – Managing Safely Control Measures Wetting Down H-Type Vacuum Cleaner Personal Protective Equipment Safe System of Work
Hansen – Managing SafelyDon’t Use Power tools Break Asbestos Containing Material Allow access to the area Take a chance
Objectives Name 3 main health effects. Name 3 properties. Name 4 applications. Identify potential locations. Action upon suspected discovery. Identify material that can be removed. Name the appropriate control measures.
Hansen – Managing SafelySUMMARY Types 3000 A.C.M.s Diseases Action Safe Systems of Work and PPE Dust