06 Apr Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012

Medical surveillance for workers carrying out non-licensed work with asbestos

This Regulation places new duties on employers (and self employed) to maintain a health record for those who carry out certain types of non-licensed, lower risk asbestos work and to ensure by 2015, they receive basic statutory medical surveillance. The 3 year lead in time allows for systems to be in place for this surveillance.

Who will be covered?

Asbestos-related diseases are the single greatest cause of occupational deaths in Great Britain with approximately 4500 deaths each year. Asbestos-containing materials were widely used in building until 1999 when their use was finally banned. Many buildings still contain asbestos material. The group most at risk of exposure are building maintenance workers and trades people, e.g. plumbers, electricians, joiners etc who disturb the fabric of building in the course of activities.

Ref HSE Guidance for doctors on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 MS34 06/12 para 5

Who can carry out the screening?

For workers who only carry out non-licensed work the doctor does not need to be HSE Appointed but a suitably qualified medical practitioner.

At Harlow Occupational Health Service this can be carried out by either

  • Dr Anne Vanner Occupational Health Physician AFOM and/or
  • Dr Aidan Challen Occupational Health Physician AFOM

When surveillance is is required

  • The first medical examination must be conducted on or before 30th April 2015
  • Periodic medical examinations at intervals of no more than 3 years whilst exposure continues.

What surveillance is required?

  • Lung function test and specific HSE respiratory questionnaire
  • Physical examination of chest by doctor
  • Completion of Certificate of medical examination – HSE

This provides evidence that medical surveillance has taken place

The Certificate should be kept safe by the employer for at least four years after the date issued.

Charge:    £115.00 (valid as of September 2012)

If you wish to know more about Asbestos and/or these new requirements then visit HSE Asbestos web site www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/

If you wish to discuss attending for this health surveillance at HOHS then please contact Mrs Pamela Maynard OH Manager RGN DOHN on 01279 780226 or email enquiries@hohs.org or Mrs Debbie Watkins CEO 01279 780222 debbie@hohs.org