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Asbestos recommendations revealed

Asbestos recommendations revealed

A number of MPs have issued a call for new legislation that would ensure all asbestos in UK buildings is removed by the year 2035.The recommendation is based on a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Occupational Safety and Health, which wants to see all buildings constructed before 2000 subjected to a full asbestos survey by 2022.They then suggest that if any asbestos-containing materials are found, then the owner of the building should develop a plan to ensure that it is completely removed as soon as possible, but no later than 2035 (or 2028 in the case of public buildings such as schools and hospitals).Ian Lavery, chair of the all-party group said:  “There is far too much complacency about the asbestos which we can still find in hundreds of thousands of workplaces as well as a majority of schools where children face exposure to this killer dust.“We believe that the government needs to start now on developing a programme to ensure that asbestos is safely removed from every workplace and public place so that we can end, once and for all this dreadful legacy which has killed so many people, and will continue to kill until asbestos is eradicated.”The report also suggested that anyone seeking to buy a house should include an asbestos survey as part of their standard checks, to ensure that they do not encounter any unpleasant surprises later on.It is hoped that the proposed new regulations will help to protect the health of construction workers, who in the past have been exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos during renovation projects.Brian Rye, national secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), welcomed the report and said: “This report demonstrates that new regulations are urgently needed in order to ensure that construction workers undertaking maintenance and refurbishment work are properly protected.“Workers should not be expected to play Russian roulette with their health.” 

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