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HSE responds to Worcester News article: "Asbestos fear after bag is left in garden"

Article:
"Asbestos fear after bag is left in garden" - Worcester News, 7 April 2011
Response date:
14 April 2011

Dear Sir,

In response to an article published in the Worcester News about waste material thought to contain asbestos, which appears to have been left in a bag by contractors who dismantled a garage at a property in Worcester, I hope you find some clarification helpful regarding HSE's role in such situations:

HSE takes all complaints seriously about potential exposure to asbestos. We take appropriate action where there appears to be a risk to employees or the public, including ensuring that the correct methods are used to prepare it for disposal. However, it is not HSE's role to provide an asbestos removal service for households or industry.

On this occasion, after some initial misunderstanding about the location and nature of the material at the property in Worcester, HSE visited the site. By that time the material had been taken away and no evidence of it could be seen.

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. HSE aims to prevent death, injury and ill health caused by work. It does this by carrying out research, by providing information and advice, and along with our local authority partners who are responsible for a large part of the service sector and commercial activities, by investigating incidents causing serious harm, by inspecting higher risk workplaces and, where necessary, enforcing the law.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Anderson,
Principal Inspector, Construction Operations, Midlands
Health and Safety Executive

Updated 2012-01-13