health and safety
The fmfirst® health and safety suite provides an effective range of targeted modules to support organisations looking to manage areas of Estates and Facilities management that need to follow current legislation.
Current HSE (Health and Safety Executive) guidelines state that if you are an employer, or someone who is in control of premises including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella. Duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) extend to risks from legionella bacteria, which may arise from work activities.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) provide a broad framework for controlling health and safety at work. More specifically, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) provide a framework of actions designed to assess, prevent or control the risk from bacteria like Legionella and take suitable precautions.
fmfirst® legionella helps to ensure that all your legal obligations are met as part of your overall risk management strategy.
The HSE website states that the `dutyholder’ must take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in. It must be presumed that materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.
The dutyholder must keep up-to-date records of the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos. These records must include details of the location and conditions of the materials and anyone who is likely to come into contact with them.
Regular risk assessments must be carried out on persons who come into contact with such materials. A plan must then be created to detail how the risks from these materials will be managed and necessary steps to put the plan into action.
fmfirst® legionella and asbestos modules help organisations perform effective monitoring in order to identify, assess and manage sources of risk and maintain accurate records. Contact Asckey on 0845 270 7747 for details.