Asbestos can be present in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. When materials that contain Asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air.
When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases (e.g. Mesothelioma or Asbestos-related lung cancer). These diseases often take a long time to develop and once diagnosed, it's often too late to do anything.
How we manage the risk of asbestos
In the past the University has carried out extensive surveys of its Estate and removed any asbestos that could present a risk to building occupants. All asbestos-containing materials known to be present are in good condition, have been encapsulated or are safe and inaccessible. Its location is recorded in an Asbestos Register and regular checks are made on its condition.
Users of buildings containing asbestos are safe, provided the Asbestos is not disturbed. Those involved in refurbishment, maintenance and other similar trades, could be at risk of exposure to asbestos during their work if risks are not controlled.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires employers to prevent exposure of asbestos to anyone using or working in the University's premises.
Asbestos Management Policy and Plan
Our Health and Safety policies express our commitment to the achievement of high standards of health and safety and its objectives for the coming years. It also sets out the health and safety responsibilities of the University’s leaders, managers, staff and students.
The University’s Asbestos Management Policy and Plan (.pdf) sets out our arrangements for managing the risk from Asbestos. It sets out:
- roles and responsibilities
- requirements for training
- how risks are controlled
- how the Asbestos Register is managed and kept up to date
- the action to take in the event of inadvertent release of, or accidental exposure to, asbestos
Where work is planned that could disturb asbestos, surveys are carried out and, where necessary, the asbestos is safely removed beforehand.