Asbestos, a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibres, was once touted as a “miracle product” for its strength and ability to resist corrosion and fire. However, asbestos can be extremely dangerous to workers, and is known to cause cancer in humans, therefore it’s essential to be alert.
Are you concerned about Asbestos at work?
It is well known that asbestos is damaging to our health. You should take extra care when working in an environment where asbestos may be present.
Well How Do I Know if Asbestos is Present?
Some forms of asbestos are easily identified to the professionals. There may be times we need to take samples to be tested just to be sure. Asbestos was used in a vast range of products from window panels to children’s toys so it can certainly be hard to identify for somebody untrained.
Should I Report Asbestos?
If you find or suspect asbestos to be around, it is a good idea to tell the building supervisor, or a relevant manager. There is a legal requirement to make sure that the building is safe. An asbestos survey and management plan would help maintain a safe environment. An asbestos plan will also help any visiting contractors by informing them where the asbestos is and what condition it is in.
If you are unsure, report it anyway just to be safe. Any worker who is liable to disturb asbestos during their day-to-day work needs to receive appropriate training to enable them to protect themselves and others.