NHS Trust Fined After Exposing Workers to Asbestos

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4) states that the duty to manage asbestos is legal requirement.  This applies to both owners and occupiers of commercial premises  who are repsosible for building maintenance and repair.

An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire. It can take decades for symptoms to appear so the individuals concerned will not know if they have been affected.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Estate Team was responsible for buildings maintenance at Watford General Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans Hospital. From 2000 to 2011 they worked without knowing that asbestos was present. Nor had the employees been trained to identify and control exposure.

It was only when additional asbestos surveys were carried out in December 2011 that they discovered that more asbestos was present at all three hospitals than initially identified. Their was no asbestos management system in place.

They were fined in court as a result.

To find out what an asbestos survey is and if you need one click the HSE asbestos FAQ page.

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