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Asbestos Update 2009. Introduction Update on latest statistics HSE Awareness Campaign Target Audience Changes for 2009 MDHS100 Revisions Social Housing.

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1 Asbestos Update 2009

2 Introduction Update on latest statistics HSE Awareness Campaign Target Audience Changes for 2009 MDHS100 Revisions Social Housing News Roundup

3 Current Statistics Each Week the following deaths occur as a result of past asbestos exposure: 3 Plumbers 20 Tradesmen 6 Electricians 6 Joiners

4 Current Statistics Recorded deaths Mesothelioma Deaths 2056 Lung Cancers Deaths 111 Asbestosis Deaths

5 Current Statistics Estimated trades account for 3000 deaths per annum. Where do the other 1000 plus cases come from?

6 Asbestos Risk Those contracting asbestos ailments can be split into 2 groups Occupationally Exposed Developing Asbestosis, Lung Cancers & Mesothelioma The Non-Occupationally Exposed. Developing Mesothelioma

7 Mesothelioma Exposure to lower levels of asbestos can potentially cause Mesothelioma These deaths have generally occurred as a result of both occupational exposure and non- occupational exposure

8 HSE Awareness Campaign

9 Non-Occupational Mesothelioma Increase in teacher Mesothelioma Greater Media coverage of schools issues Increase Union concern about risks Concerns about long terms low level exposure

10 Non-Occupational Mesothelioma Historically accepted that high level exposure resulted in asbestos illnesses. Now concern growing concerning low level exposure especially amongst youngsters. Dr Robin Howie and others currently considering these risks.

11 Non-Occupational Mesothelioma Has been identified in housewives, teachers, doctors, bankers. Youngest victim 28. How has this occurred with a 30 year latency period?

12 Non-Occupational Mesothelioma Freedom of Information Act. Throughout 2008 solicitors have been requesting asbestos information from schools Why?

13 Non-Occupational Mesothelioma

14 Regulation Review Control of Asbestos Regulations Should see an update in some of the key guidance MDHS100. Asbestos Surveying Non-Licensed Asbestos Work

15 Regulation 4 Requires an assessment be undertaken of all non- domestic premises to ensure the risks of asbestos are controlled. This assessment is the responsibility of the ‘Duty Holder’.

16 Regulation 5 “An employer shall not undertake work in demolition, maintenance, or any other work which exposes or is liable to expose his employees to asbestos……”

17 Regulation 7 “An employer shall not undertake any work with asbestos unless he has prepared a suitable written plan of work detailing how the work is to be carried out..”

18 Regulation 10 “Every employer shall ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to those of his employees- (a) who are or who are liable to be exposed to asbestos, or who supervise such employees….”

19 Asbestos Essentials

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27 MDHS100. Guide to Asbestos Survey Likely to be published first half 2009 Keys Changes Impact for Decent Homes

28 News Round Up.

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37 For updates and further information thameslabs.co.uk


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