This is an update on what HSE are looking for:
The analyst project started by HSE early this year and involves an initial questionnaire relating to procedures and how many 4 stage reoccupation test the laboratory conduct. HSE will then pick 25 laboratories at random who they will visit. This will be an office visit looking at procedures, asking pertinent questions and taking away samples and slides for re-analysis by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).
HSE are also looking at the ASB5 notification system. They will choose to visit asbestos removal contractors on the last day of the licensed asbestos work so that they can assess the analyst carrying out the 4 stage reoccupation test.
An ATaC member, has recently had an office visit by HSE as a part of this project and below are some points that were raised. Remember, the visit by HSE is nothing like a UKAS audit. The HSE are the enforcing authority and if necessary enforcement action could follow.
The meeting was all very friendly and frank, and they said the basic aim was to ensure the new HSG248 would be fit for purpose, but also to consider the health of analysts, as HSE are aware that ASLIC is 30 years old, and potentially there is a point around now where analysts maybe affected by mesothelioma. They discussed decontamination for analysts, but in the main it was gaining information for statistical analysis.
The main points are as follows: Read more