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HSE LAUNCHES PRESENTERS PACK TO PROMOTE DUTY TO MANAGE ASBESTOS IN PREMISES

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a key feature in ...
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a key feature in

its campaign to promote awareness of the proposed Duty to Manage the

asbestos in premises. The Asbestos Risk Management Presenter's Pack

is available free of charge to HSE's registered partners and contains

a range of training material for events aimed at those affected by

the proposed asbestos regulation when it is introduced in August

2002.

The topics covered include:

- The hazards of working with asbestos

- Changes in asbestos law

- The steps needed to comply with the new duty

- Further advice and guidance

The Duty to Manage is HSE's further response to the UK's biggest

occupational health killer in the UK - asbestos related disease. The

regulation will require duty holders to identify and manage the risk

from asbestos containing materials in their premises.

Although the duty to manage regulation will not come into force until

early 2004, getting the message out to the million or so duty holders

is a major task that needs to be tackled now.

A key part of HSE's Asbestos Risk Management Campaign, is to cascade

its campaign messages to duty holders and others via a network of

partners. More than 450 organisations have committed themselves to

providing practical help to the campaign.

Sandra Caldwell, head of HSE's health directorate said:

'The package has been designed to be as flexible as possible, to be

used by a range of partners who have agreed to support HSE in raising

awareness of the new requirements among a range of audiences.'

Under HSE's new partnership logo a nationwide year long programme of

events will be delivered through the established 'partner' network

giving those with a duty under the new regulation an opportunity of

gaining an early insight to their responsibilities. Many of the

events will be promoted through HSE's asbestos campaign website at

www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index - the site also carries useful

background to the development of the new regulation and details of

the supporting campaign, including how to obtain the presenters pack

though joining the HSE in its ongoing asbestos promotion campaign.

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