Are you certain that the ceiling tiles in your office do not contain asbestos? - many do.
The pipe lagging in your boiler room might look innocent, but what is it? - asbestos is a very good heat insulator.
The sprayed fire protection coating on steel beams is often asbestos
Your fire doors could contain asbestos panels - if drilled, they could prove to be lethal
What are the roof panels, guttering and down pipes to your factory constructed of?
Are there any office or factory partitioning walls? What are they made of? Are you positive?
Do I need to bother with an Asbestos register?
It is important to have all potential asbestos containing materials tested by a qualified surveyor
and the results recorded in a register which is kept on-site and can be referred to prior to any manteance work on the building.
If this register is not present and fully updated and a potential asbestos fibre release is caused by
someone being unaware of its presence, this is the result
The entire area has to be evacuated, sealed and decontaminated immediately.
The incident must be reported to the Health & Safety Executive.
Your company will probably be sued and fined heavily.
Valuable production time will be lost while the contaminated area is made safe.
What else could I do ?
The other alternative is to strongly pressume that all materials within the premises are potentially
asbestos containing and carry out all maintenance work accordingly.
The following procedure would need to be put in place to change a flourescent light attached to suspended
A minimum of two people would be required.
Both would need to wear protective clothing and approved respirators.
The room would have to be emptied of all people (no exceptions).
Asbestos warning signs would have to be placed at all entrances to the
The floor area beneath the ceiling tiles would have to be protected with plastic sheeting.
As one person changes the light, the other has to shadow vacuum with an approved H-Type vacuum cleaner (a normal vacuum cleaner
is not acceptable).
The whole area would need to be thoroughly cleansed upon completion.
If one of the tiles was accidentally broken, the room would have to be
sealed, professionally cleared and air monitoring carried out before anyone could return.