Animals on campus
The policy on animals on College property can be found on the Estates Department website.
The most serious and well known current health effect relating to asbestos is breathing asbestos fibre, with the associated risk of developing mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining. Mesothelioma is fatal and the likelihood of it developing is around 50 times greater if the individual is a smoker. College procedures are designed to prevent exposure so that no-one is in a situation where they breathe in asbestos fibres. The most obvious precaution is to check before any material is disturbed or worked on—preventing the risk at source.
What happens when exposure does occur?
Very rarely an accident may occur where fibres become airborne – for example when pipe insulation or asbestos based equipment gets damaged. What happens next?
- The person discovering the situation should minimise any further disturbance to the material.
- If possible, the material should be covered with polythene or some other barrier.
- The area should be secured to prevent others entering.
- Estates Helpdesk should be notified—they will, in turn, notify the Asbestos Manager.
- The Asbestos Manager will carry out an assessment to include:
- Names of individuals potentially exposed and the estimated exposure times.
- Type(s) of asbestos present.
- Levels of airborne fibre.
- If the control limits laid down in the Control of Asbestos Regulations have been exceeded, the Safety Department will report the exposures in accordance with RIDDOR.
- The results of the assessment will be forwarded to the Occupational Health Department who will:
- Make a further assessment of health risk.
- Offer to discuss any concerns with staff exposed.
- Ensure that the health record is retained for the statutory 40 years.
- Contact the exposed person(s) GP in the event of the control limits being exceeded.
Full details of the College asbestos procedures may be found in the College Asbestos Management Plan (AMP).
For fire safety, see the Fire Office web pages (Estates Facilities website).
For the College Smoke-Free Policy and information on areas where smoking is prohibited, see the HR Website - Smoke-Free Policy (under A-Z list).