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
the proposed asbestos regulation when it is introduced in August
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.