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Accidental Release of Asbestos

In the case of an uncontrolled release of asbestos fibres into the workplace the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012) requires that all persons are kept away from the affected area. An adequate assessment is required and an emergency action plan should be followed.

The following must be carried out:

  • Step 1 Immediately clear the area of all personnel and isolate the area, such as a single room, by closing all the doors. Turn off air conditioning/warm air systems if possible.
  • Step 2 Prohibit access to the area.
  • Step 3 Inform the named representative for the building i.e. Departmental Secretary, Administrator, Safety Officer, Chief Technician or Building Manager who will take control of the situation.
  • Step 4 Inform the Asbestos Team, or if out of hours, contact the University Security Advisor or their Deputy.
Asbestos Team
Estate Management
Laundry Farm
Barton Road
Cambridge
​CB3 9LH
01223 (3)39953
01223 (3)37784
asbestos.management@admin.cam.ac.uk  
If out of hours or in the event of a serious incident involving Asbestos hazard, please contact the University Security Advisor or their Deputy
 
01223 (3)31818    
  • Step 5 An EM Asbestos Team member or their agent (such as an EM approved asbestos consultant) will assess the situation, access the area with appropriate personal protective equipment and decide on a further course of action.

Subsequent actions following Steps 1 to 5:

  1. Relay information of potential exposure to all persons who may have been affected by the uncontrolled release.
  2. EM (or its agent) will organise the necessary remedial work.
  3. Keep the area clear of anyone not involved in the remedial action until air monitoring has confirmed that fibre counts are at acceptable levels.
  4. Following an assessment, the incident may need to be reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) as directed by the Director of the University Safety Office.
  5. All incidents should be recorded via the University’s ‘Accident, Dangerous Occurrence and Incident Report Form’. The HSO will gather information, make notifications to relevant parties such as Occupational Health, Estate Management, the Department, and develop actions in response to the incident.