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March 2006

New research confirms low risk of exposure from asbestos containing textured coatings

New research on asbestos confirms that risks from asbestos containing textured coatings (TCs) are much lower than previously thought. The new research published today supports the proposal that work with textured coatings will no longer require a licence.

The UK Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) draft amendments to asbestos regulations, which have recently been the subject of consultation, aim to tighten overall controls. The proposed changes include a lower single control limit of 0.1 fibres per cm³ for work with all types of asbestos.

Textured coatings contain only small amounts of asbestos and this is bound in a matrix that does not readily release asbestos fibres when removed. In response to early comments received during consultation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commissioned the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to carry out further research into work with TCs.

Kevin Walkin, Head of Asbestos Policy at HSE, said:

"The research shows that the risk from asbestos-containing textured coatings is comparable to the risks from work with asbestos cement, which does not require a licence.

"We're not saying this work is no-risk - it still needs to be carried out by trained workers using appropriate controls. Licensing is an additional check on high-risk work and should reflect changing knowledge about risks to remain credible."

In the original research where standard controlled removal (wetting, air extraction) techniques were employed, the mean airborne asbestos fibre concentration was 0.08 f/cm³, which is below the proposed control limit of 0.1 f/cm³.

In the new research issues of removal from a wider range of surfaces, the effect of working with no air extraction and the effectiveness of the clearance based on a visual assessment alone, were addressed. The fibre concentrations were less than 0.1 f/cm³ when using the control removal techniques required in the draft Approved Code of Practice (AcoP),

HSL also tested clearance strategies inside enclosures during the new research. Measurements demonstrated that a fibre concentration of around 0.01 f/cm³ would be produced from disturbance required for clearance testing sampling. A simulation exercise at HSL showed that even if large amounts of debris remained after a removal, the airborne concentration would be very low and that visual assessment would be an effective method of assessing that the area was safe for reoccupation.

Measurements made just outside removal enclosures whilst textured decorative coatings were being removed indicated that it is unlikely that fibre releases would exceed 0.01 f/cm³ in the immediate area.

Kevin Walkin said: This new research shows that the level of asbestos fibres in the air from work with textured coatings will not exceed the proposed new control limit when carried out using good practice and that clearing up all the visible debris will be sufficient to ensure that premises are safe for reoccupation."

HSE will be presenting the findings of the new research to the HSC at its meeting on 14 March. No decisions will be taken at this meeting on any changes to the asbestos regulations.

HSE will be discussing the results of the new research with stakeholder representatives in April. HSE plans to make final recommendations to the HSC in May, with a view to introducing the revised Regulations on 1 October 2006. HSE will also publish a single ACoP, which will include requirements for work with TCs.

Summary Report On Additional Work Carried Out On The Monitoring Of Chrysotile Containing Textured Decorative Coatings, by Garry Burdett and Graham Revell:

The regulations will implement the 2003/18/EC amendment to the Asbestos Worker Protection Directive 83/477/EEC in Great Britain. They will also repeal and replace with a single set of regulations The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, The Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983, as amended and The Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations 1992 (Prohibitions Regulations), as amended.

The proposed regulations suggest a single, lower 'Control Limit' of 0.1 fibres per cm³ of air for all types of asbestos, measured over four hours and the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) recommends a maximum peak level exposure of 0.6f/cm³ over ten minutes. This tightens the current limits.

A key element of HSE's work to reduce asbestos exposure is the 'duty to manage' that came into force on 21 May 2004 as part of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (CAWR). The duty is based on the principles of assessing and managing risk to protect workers and members of the public. It requires duty holders to find out whether their premises contain or may contain asbestos, to assess the risk from such materials, and take action to manage that risk.

Kansas State University Offers Free Library of Downloadable Safety Training Materials

Kansas State University has developed a free library of downloadable safety training materials in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The training materials are suitable for self-study or as a component of traditional instructor-led training. The student workbooks and instructor´s guides are available as PDF files in English and Spanish at

All safety training materials may be downloaded free of charge and reproduced as needed for training. The training materials were developed for the landscaping and horticultural services industry, and current titles include: Mowing and Trimming Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety, Tractor Safety, Skid Steer Loader Safety, Chipper/Shredder Safety, Tree Trimming Safety, Aerial Lift Safety, Supervisor Manual, and Instructor Manual.

In addition, the same Web site provides links to pilot-test versions of training materials that are being developed for the food processing industry. These titles include Back Injury Prevention, Lift Truck Safety, Machine Hazards, Fall Prevention, and Working Safely Around Hazardous Substances. Spanish versions and additional titles will be available in the near future.

All safety training materials were developed through OSHA´s Susan Harwood Training Grant program, and all have been reviewed by OSHA personnel for accuracy.

Mitch Ricketts, CSP Health, Safety, and Environmental Coordinator, K-State Research & Extension 144 Waters Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-4008, USA | Tel: +1 785-532-7068 | Fax: +1 785-532-6563 | Email:

PAS 56 to become a British Standard Business Continuity Management

Recognized by industry as the best practice guidance for business continuity planning, PAS 56:2003 has set the benchmark for Business Continuity Management (BCM) worldwide.

The emergence of PAS 56 was the first step in the process towards developing a standard for BCM following a number of drivers demanding a consistent approach to this hot topic. As it currently stands, the guidelines set out in PAS 56 continue to point organizations in the right direction with regard to their business continuity programmes but its status is that of an informal standard. However, that is set to change.

NEW Business Continuity Management Standards

BSI Business Information is pleased to announce that PAS 56 is to become a British Standard and will achieve formal standard status to be known as the BS 25999 series. This progression has received the full backing of interested parties including government, businesses and trade associations.

Coming End 2006

BS 25999-1:2006 Code of practice for business continuity management

The first part in the new BS 25999 series will establish the process, principles and terminology of BCM. It will provide a basis for understanding, developing and implementing business continuity within an organization to provide confidence in business-to-business and business-to-customer dealings. In addition, it will also provide a comprehensive set of controls based on BCM best practice and covers the whole BCM lifecycle.

BS 25999-1 Draft for Public Comment (DPC)

Due for publication in late spring 2006, the DPC for BS 25999-1 will be available to download for FREE at
This will give the general public the opportunity to provide their comments and feedback on the DPC.

Coming Early 2007

BS 25999-2:2006 Specification for business continuity management

The second part of the new BS 25999 series will specify the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented business continuity management system within the context of an organization's overall business risks. It will also specify the requirements for the implementation of business continuity controls customized to the needs of individual organizations.

To keep up-to-date with the latest BS 25999 developments, sign up to receive BSI FREE Risk Management, CSR and Corporate Governance newsletter at

For orders, contact: BSI Customer Services quoting marketing reference code BCM-PR | Tel +44 (0)20 8996 9001 | Fax +44 (0)20 8996 7001 | Email: |

Technology Provides Basis for Approved Mine System

A US National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed technology provided a basis for a warning system approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) on February 6, 2006, for preventing miners from being crushed or pinned by continuous mining machines.

Some 29 such fatal incidents have occurred since 1984. The warning system approved by MSHA, TramGuard™, is based on technology developed by NIOSH under the HASARD research initiative. A transmitter on a continuous mining machine sends a signal to a receiver worn by a miner, prompting an alarm if the miner approaches too closely to the machine in the busy confines of a mine.

The MSHA notice is available at

More information:

NIOSH Posts Nanotechnology Web Library for Use, Comment

US National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers a new, Web-based Nanoparticle Information Library (NIL),, for public use and comment. The new, interactive database responds to the needs of scientists, business leaders, and others for information on different types of nanoparticles in current use, their physical and chemical characteristics, and their occupational health and safety implications.

By providing the database, NIOSH hopes to further the ability of researchers and decision-makers to address the question of whether work-related exposures to nanomaterials may have unintended health consequences. The Library is part of NIOSH's strategic program for conducting advanced research on the occupational health and safety implications of nanotechnology, providing interim guidance on occupational health practices, and stimulating new partnerships.

Further information on this strategic program is available at

EurOHSE Masterclass on Training of business continuity management teams will be presented by Eve Coles and Les Moseley on 23rd May 2006, at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London

The Masterclass aims to show what is needed to train Business Continuity Management Teams. It builds on existing knowledge and skills in Business Continuity Management that should be in place within the framework of managing health and safety at work.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the Masterclass participants will have:

The Masterclass is aimed at:

OSH managers, directors and others responsible for Business Continuity Management Teams, risk managers and emergency and business continuity planners in industry, commerce and local and central government.


Eve Coles is module leader at the University of Coventry for a level 2 module in Crisis Management, level 3 modules in Organisational Management in Disaster Relief and Disaster Studies, and a postgraduate level module in Emergency Management Studies. She is also responsible for the Diploma in Business Continuity Management and modules in Risk Assessment for Emergency Planners and Business Continuity for the Public Sector on the Diploma in Emergency Planning. She also contributes to a module at level 1 in Disaster theory, Research methods at level 3 and other postgraduate modules.

Eve originally trained as a teacher at Margaret McMillian College of Education, Bradford gaining a Certificate of Education. She is a graduate in Social Studies from the University of Bradford and is registered for her Ph.D at the University of Durham. Eve has presented papers at many conferences and written books, reports and articles.

Les is Director of the Coventry Centre for Disaster Management and Course Leader for the professional diploma course in Emergency Planning. Before joining Coventry University, Les spent 16 years in the British Fire Service and 14 years working in Emergency Planning. Immediately before joining the University he was Chief Emergency Planning Officer and Principal Officer with the West Midlands Fire & Civil Defence Authority and prior to this, County Emergency Planning Officer for Warwickshire County Council. Les is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies, a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Member of the Emergency Planning Society. Les' recent research contracts have included Emergency Preparedness in Qatar and an assessment of the Swedish Rescue Service Agency's response during the Asian Tsunami. He is also an advisor to the International Civil Defence Organisation and the World Health Organisation and regularly supports them in education initiatives worldwide. Les is also a regular contributor to the local and national media and recently appeared on BBC2's 'If... the lights go out' and 'Terror Alert' on Sky One.

Les is Director of the Coventry Centre for Disaster Management and Programme Manager for the professional diploma courses including the Diploma in Business Continuity Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies, a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Member of the Emergency Planning Society. He is an advisor to the International Civil Defence Organisation and the World Health Organisation and regularly supports them in education initiatives worldwide as well as carrying out worldwide consultancies. Les is also a regular contributor to the local and national media.

EurOhse 2006 Masterclasses will provide key points for future activities for all those responsible for securing good standards of health and safety in the workplace, and excellent networking opportunities.

The Trainers are all very experienced and the first three Masterclasses will be held in May 2006 in the Edward V11 Suite, Royal National Hotel, Russell Square London, details as follows:

Tuesday, 23 May 2006
MASTERCLASS - Training of business continuity management teams
Trainers - Eve Coles and Les Moseley, University of Coventry, Centre for Disaster Management.

Wednesday, 24 May 2006
MASTERCLASS - Training of emergency planning teams
Trainers - Les Moseley and Eve Coles, University of Coventry, Centre for Disaster Management.

Thursday, 25 May 2006
MASTERCLASS - Active Monitoring
Trainer - Dr Tim Marsh, Managing Director, Ryder-Marsh (Safety) Ltd

The second group of three Masterclasses will be held in November 2006 in the Tudor Room, Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London

Tuesday 7 November 2006
MASTERCLASS - Training in management of road risk (MORR)
Trainers - Roger Bibbings, RoSPA and others

Wednesday 8 November 2006
MASTERCLASS - How to implement drinks and drugs policies in the workplace
Trainers - Ava Fine and John Griffiths, Work2 Health

Thursday 9 November 2006
MASTERCLASS - Working at Heights
Trainers - Geoff Hornby, Alex Sammut and Paul Ramsden, ISAC UK Ltd

Places will be limited for these interactive Masterclasses ... Bookings have already started - make sure that you book early.


The cost per Masterclass is £295.

If you register for 2 Masterclass events you will receive a 10% discount.
If you register for 4 or more Masterclass events you will receive a 20% discount

Payment must be received prior to the event. Delegates are responsible for making hotel bookings. The organisers reserve the right to alter the content of the programme. Payment can be made online via our secure World Pay system, payment can be made by cheque or you can request an invoice to be sent to you. This booking includes admission to the Masterclass and lunch/coffee for the day.

For further details regarding the content of the Masterclasses contact the programme organiser Sheila Pantry | Tel: +44 (0)1909 771024 | Email:

For further details regarding booking a place contact: EurOhse 2006, Office and Logistics Manager, European Occupational Health and Safety Magazine (EurOhs), Angel Business Communications Ltd, 34 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HE, Warwickshire, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 1926 512424 | Fax: +44 (0) 1926 512948 | Email:

3-8 December 2006 Nanotechnology Conference in the USA

NIOSH and the University of Cincinnati will cosponsor the International Conference on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety: Research to Practice on December 3-8, 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference is centered on the impact of nanotechnology on occupational and environmental health and safety from two perspectives: promotion and protection of individual safety and health along the life cycle of nano-based products, and the use of emerging technology in prevention, detection and treatment of occupational and environmental diseases. The deadline for receipt of abstracts for paper presentations and workshops is May 31, 2006. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until June 30, 2006.

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