Asbestos Worker Medical
I received a telephone enquiry today from a business who undertakes Non-Licensed removal of ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials), he had accepted a contract to remove 200 square meters of Asbestos Cement sheets from an existing building, and required assistance in the preparation of his CPP (Construction Phase Plan) and RAMS (Risk Assessment –Method Statement), to my surprise, among other issues, (to be covered later), he was not aware of the requirements of the NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licensed Work), especially the requirement to have medicals, this has prompted me to resurrect a previous notification, please read on….
In 2012 there were revisions to the Control of Asbestos Regulations, these introduced a requirement for workers who carry out NNLW
Notification and record keeping requirements changed in April 2012 but the duties on medical surveillance were given a three-year transition period.
Under regulation 22 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations, by the 30th April 2015 all workers carrying out NNLW needed to have a medical examination. Examinations then need to be repeated at least every three years for as long as the worker continues with NNLW.
From the 1st of May 2015, workers carrying out NNLW for the first time have to have an examination before they can start work. Medical examinations must include a chest examination and lung function test; this needs to be carried out by a licensed medical practitioner such as a GP.
Workers already under medical surveillance via a licensed contractor and who have valid certificates do not need the NNLW medical.
The examination should be carried out in work time at the employer’s expense. Doctors must issue a certificate to confirm the examination has taken place, which employers need to keep for four years.