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Published March 26th, 2020

Asbestos Inspection

Employers are required to have the workplace checked for health hazards and should inform and protect their employees from them, among which is the possibility of exposure to one of the top causes of work-related death and disability—asbestos.

In Great Britain alone, 2,595 died from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure (2017). Worldwide there are around 125 million people exposed to asbestos in the workplace and, despite certain state regulations (US, UK, AU) that control or ban the use of asbestos, there are thousands of deaths and disabilities caused by exposure.

Failure to inspect the workplace for the existence of asbestos as well as properly informing and protecting employees from asbestos exposure can result in work-related deaths and illnesses, costly settlement, and penalties due to non-compliance with regulations.

This article features (1) steps to help protect employees from asbestos exposure in the workplace; (2) a digital tool that can help employers and safety officers ensure that the risk of asbestos exposure is assessed and under control; and (3) free digital checklists you can browse and download to help maintain workplace safety from asbestos and other hazards.

Steps to Protect Employees from Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

Employers must take all possible precautions to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure for all employees. Here are steps derived from HSE to help guide employers on how to help protect employees from asbestos:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment and asbestos inspection
    Before commencing any work at a site, be sure to get familiar with safety regulations concerning asbestos and proceed with conducting a risk assessment to determine work-related health risks. Get a licensed inspector or asbestos analyst to ensure that, despite the risk of asbestos exposure, employees can be allowed to work at the site given the proper precautions.
  2. Ensure competency
    In the event of the presence of asbestos, ensure that employees are competent to work in an environment that involves working with asbestos. Depending on regulations, get a licensed contractor or provide proper training to employees on how to work on asbestos.
  3. Enforce proper use of PPE
    Employees working with asbestos should have the proper personal protective equipment to avoid inhalation and exposure to asbestos. Here’s a document on the proper PPE for asbestos.
  4. Promote safety
    Depending on the nature of work or industry and risk of asbestos exposure, always conduct toolbox talks before beginning the day’s work and ensure that employees are in the right condition to work.
  5. Reinforce safe practices
    Conduct internal audits to ensure that safety precautions are strictly followed in the workplace and proactively catch unsafe practices. Use asbestos inspection checklists designed to align with state regulations to avoid exposure to asbestos and comply with the law. Use the information collected to develop more effective training sessions for employees.

Digital Tool to Reinforce Safety

Employers and safety officers must enforce safety practices to reduce the risks of asbestos exposure for employees. Proactively catching risks and safety issues will require a lot of effort and documentation. iAuditor, the world’s most powerful mobile inspection app, can help proactively catch and document safety issues and instances of non-compliance. With iAuditor on mobile devices, you are empowered to:


Jona Tarlengco

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jona has been part of SafetyCulture for more than 2 years contributing her experience in writing quality and well-researched content. She usually writes a topic about risks, safety, and quality.