Asbestos Awareness Policy

Each and every person within a Bright Hygiene has a set of roles and responsibilities which are intended to function in an integrated fashion as a successful whole. Given that it is only through a truly competent workforce that the safety goals of an organisation can be achieved, Asbestos awareness and managment is therefore critical to Bright Hygiene’s long term success and prevention principle.

Adequate information, instruction and training will be given to employees and other persons affected by Bright Hygiene’s activities to ensure that they are aware of:

  • the health risks associated with asbestos
  • the reasons for and the nature of the precautions to be observed to protect themselves and other people who may be affected
  • how to make use of the protective equipment and other safeguards
  • their duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

All persons entering a property where asbestos may be present are to be made aware as soon as is reasonably practicable of the presence of asbestos and any other matters likely to affect their health and safety by the customer as per their duty of care.

The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006 require employers to prevent the exposure of their employees to asbestos, or where this is not practicable, to reduce the exposure to the lowest possible level. CAR includes a regulation placing a duty on those who have repair and maintenance responsibilities for premises, because of a contract or tenancy, to manage the risk from asbestos in those premises. Where there is no contract or tenancy the person in control will be the duty holder. There is also a duty of cooperation on other parties.

  •  Crocidolite (blue)
  •  Amosite (brown)
  •  Chrysotile (white)

Asbestos is composed of small fibres, which can only be detected by using a microscope under laboratory conditions. Asbestos fibres are hazardous, and principally cause harm to the lining of the lungs when inhaled. As Asbestos ages, weathers or is worked upon, it becomes more "friable" and fibres may be released more easily.

All sites that have identified asbestos in their premises have a duty to ensure they abide by The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006 ensuring that information about the location and condition of any asbestos or any such substance is provided to every person liable to disturb it.

To control the risks to employees, building users, contractors and other persons, the following measure will be adopted:

  • Bright Hygiene shall co-operate with duty holders arrangements to achieve the highest level of safety and compliance with The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006

Where existing properties contain asbestos containing material which is sound, in good condition and has not been, or is not likely to be subject to abrasion or deterioration from our cleaning operations the material must be labeled and left undisturbed, its position should be noted in the customers Asbestos Management Plan and its condition monitored and periodically reassessed.

Where parts of customer’s property contain damaged, deteriorating or inadequately sealed asbestos containing material, the material must be:

  • enclosed, sealed or encapsulated
  • removed and replaced by suitable material not containing asbestos

This responsibility remains with the customer and should not be undertaken by members of Bright Hygiene in any way.

Bright Hygiene trained in asbestos awareness should note the potential location of asbestos containing materials; bring this to the immediate attention of the customer.

Recommend the appointment of laboratories and analysts (referred to as ‘Asbestos Consultant’s) to undertake air sampling and complete a suitable and sufficient survey.

No work will be carried out on broken or damaged areas that potential contain asbestos.