Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Firms neglecting asbestos assessmentsOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Two-thirds of UK firms still have no plans in place to manage the risksassociated with asbestos in the workplace, insurance group Zurich Risk Serviceshas warned. Companies have until 21 May 2004 to comply with new duties contained in lastyear’s Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations. But Zurich’s research shows there has only been a 14 per cent increase inawareness of the regulations, and a similar rise in the number of firms thathave put asbestos risk management plans in place in the past year. Roger Cottell, managing director, said: “Our research shows that notall companies are on track for getting asbestos management plans in place, andawareness needs to increase dramatically if firms don’t want to be caught outby the deadline date.” To comply with the new legislation, companies must find out whether theirbuilding contains asbestos, and what condition that asbestos is in. They mustthen assess the risk and make a plan to manage that risk. In general, bigger companies had a better understanding of the newregulations, and were more likely to have plans in place. A total of 66 per cent of the respondents rated asbestos’ potential threatto health as a major concern. Related posts:No related photos.