Asbestos in Hospitals Compensation Claims
The majority of hospitals in use throughout the UK were built before the mid 1980’s when asbestos products were still widely used in the construction industry. This includes ceiling tiles, pipe and boiler insulation and sprayed coatings.
These materials only present a significant risk to health if they are damaged, in disrepair or disturbed, at which time asbestos fibres can become airborne. This will also happen if asbestos based materials are cut or drilled during routine maintenance work.
Each Hospital Trust has a duty to ‘manage’ asbestos within all of its premises under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. In addition they must provide all employees with appropriate information regarding the presence of asbestos in the buildings where they may be required to undertake their duties pursuant to Regulation 10. All staff that have the potential to come into contact with asbestos must have a minimum of ‘asbestos awareness’ training.
The regulations do not require the removal of all asbestos materials as long as there is no obvious threat and appropriate steps are taken to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure to an acceptable level. Any maintenance work however must be planned in such a way as to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres. This should include measures to prevent access by non maintenance staff to all areas until the work has been completed and the area thoroughly cleaned. Any staff required to undertake maintenance work must be provided with appropriate training, personal protective equipment and where necessary proper methods of extraction.
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