The Health & Safety Executive has produced a new ‘how to’ website and app for asbestos safety as part of an awareness campaign.
The free Beware Asbestos web app, for phones, tablets and laptops (www.beware-asbestos.info) leads tradespeople through a list of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building they are working in, the job that they are doing, and the type of asbestos containing material they are working on.
Depending on their answers, they will be:
- told to stop work and get a licensed asbestos contractor if the asbestos risk is too high;
- taken to a simple how-to guide giving them easy to follow step-by-step information for lower risk asbestos work;
- told there is no asbestos risk and so they are safe to continue work.
As part of the £1.1m initiative, the HSE is also giving away 200,000 asbestos safety kits through TradePoint stores across Great Britain. The kits include information to help identify and address asbestos hazards. They also include a free pair of Type 5 disposable overalls to support safer working with asbestos.
A survey commissioned by the HSE found that only 30% of tradespeople could identify all the correct measures for safe asbestos working, while only 55% of construction workers said they knew how to protect themselves from the risk.