What can you do about asbestos at work?

Last updated: 05 Mar 2020

As with any other health and safety risk, you should co-operate with your employer to help everyone meet their legal requirements to keep you safe.

  • If you come across what you think might be asbestos, stop work immediately, and inform your health safety rep and employer.
  • If you are concerned about possible exposure to asbestos from work activities, you are advised to consult your GP and ask for a note to be made in your personal record about possible exposure.
  • If you’re a health and safety rep, check whether your employer:
    • has an asbestos management plan
    • has carried out an asbestos survey
    • has labelled all areas that may contain asbestos
    • regularly inspects asbestos-containing materials for damage/deterioration
    • has trained employees on asbestos risks and precautions, and given them information on its location
    • has procedures to record any exposure and inform any employees who may have been exposed.

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