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Connexus Health, in alignment with the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) initiative,  “Asbestos: Your Duty”, are raising awareness and promoting safety measures concerning the hazardous substance Asbestos and its impact on workplace safety.

Understanding Asbestos

Asbestos, once hailed as a miracle material for its heat resistance and durability, is now recognised as a significant health hazard. Widely used in construction until its ban in 1999, it can be found in buildings erected before this period. While inert when undisturbed, any disruption can release asbestos fibers into the air, posing severe health risks upon inhalation.

Exposure can lead to debilitating conditions such as asbestosis, pleural disease, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Shockingly, exposure remains the leading cause of work-related deaths in Great Britain, underscoring the urgent need for proper management and containment protocols.

Legal Responsibilities and Health & Safety Requirements

Businesses and organisations overseeing premises constructed before 1999, particularly during the peak usage period between 1950 and 1980, are legally obligated to manage risks. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) mandates duty holders to conduct risk assessments, provide adequate training, and implement necessary precautions to protect occupants from asbestos exposure.

Connexus Health emphasises the importance of compliance with these regulations, offering comprehensive services to facilitate adherence. From asbestos management plans to medical assessments, we ensure that businesses meet their legal obligations while safeguarding the health and well-being of their employees.

Occupational Health Integration

In conjunction with the new HSE campaign, Connexus Health advocates for an integrated approach to occupational health (OH) and human resources (HR) management. Collaboration between OH and HR professionals is essential in addressing workplace challenges, particularly concerning long-term sickness and disability.

Medical Surveillance and Safety Measures

Connexus Health offers specialised medical assessments tailored to industries handling hazardous materials. Our HSE-appointed doctors conduct comprehensive evaluations, including respiratory symptom questionnaires, clinical examinations, and lung function tests, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

For individuals involved in asbestos-related work, we provide regular medical surveillance to monitor respiratory health and detect early signs of asbestos-related diseases. By prioritising employee well-being and safety, we empower businesses to fulfil their duty of care while promoting a healthy work environment.

For more information, contact us today, and a member of our friendly team will be in contact to help. 

[Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Readers are encouraged to consult with qualified professionals for specific guidance on asbestos management and occupational health matters].