Asbestos Management in Hospitals: A Focus for Health and Safety

Asbestos Management in Hospitals: A Focus for Health and Safety

In the dynamic landscape of health and safety regulations, recent developments have placed a spotlight on the management of asbestos in UK hospitals. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) declared at its annual Health & Work Conference on 8th November 2023, an upcoming programme of asbestos inspections in hospitals throughout 2023/2024. This initiative underlines the imperative of adhering to the ‘duty to manage’ (DTM) regulations stipulated under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).


Understanding the Implications of Asbestos in Hospitals

Asbestos, a material once extensively used for its durability and resistance to heat, has been linked to severe health issues, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. Unfortunately, many hospitals built before 2000, still house asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This reality necessitates stringent management and regular inspections to mitigate potential health risks.


The Role of HSE in Asbestos Inspections

HSE inspectors, spearheading these inspections, will liaise with hospitals to schedule visits. They aim to review how hospitals are managing asbestos risks and compliance with DTM requirements. This involves examining the hospital’s asbestos register and management plan, and meeting with knowledgeable personnel about the hospital’s asbestos management strategies.


Preparing for the Inspections: A Guide for Hospitals

Hospitals are advised to:


  • Identify Asbestos Presence: Determine the locations, quantity, and condition of ACMs.
  • Maintain Records: Keep updated records of ACMs’ locations and conditions.
  • Assess Risks: Evaluate the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.
  • Develop an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP): Outline comprehensive strategies for managing asbestos risks.
  • Implement and Monitor the Plan: Ensure the effective execution of the AMP and regular reviews for relevance.
  • Educate and Inform: Provide necessary information to those who might work on or disturb ACMs.


The Human Cost and the Urgency of Action

Asbestos exposure remains a significant health concern, contributing to almost 5,000 deaths annually in the UK, including healthcare professionals. This alarming statistic further drives the importance of diligent asbestos management in healthcare settings.



The forthcoming HSE inspections underscore a critical juncture in asbestos management within UK hospitals. It is a call to action for hospital administrations to review and reinforce their asbestos management strategies. With the support of organisations like Core Surveys Ltd and adherence to CAR regulations, hospitals can significantly reduce the risks associated with asbestos, ensuring a safer environment for staff, patients, and visitors alike.


How Core Surveys Can Help

We work for numerous NHS Trusts throughout the UK, ensuring we understand the complexities and challenges hospitals face in managing asbestos risks. As specialists in asbestos consultancy, we are ideally positioned to assist hospitals in preparing for the upcoming HSE inspections. Our team of expert consultants provide comprehensive services, including asbestos surveys, risk assessments, and management plan development. We help identify and record the presence of asbestos-containing materials, assess their condition, and devise strategies that are both compliant with CAR regulations and tailored to the unique needs of each hospital. Furthermore, we can assist with all training requirements, whether it be UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training via our third-party provider, or our in-house Asbestos Masterclass, ensuring that hospital staff are well-informed and equipped to manage asbestos. With Core Surveys as your partner, you can confidently navigate the complexities of asbestos management, ensuring your hospital meets the rigorous standards set forth by the HSE, and most importantly, safeguarding the health and safety of your staff, patients, and visitors.