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Birmingham best informed on new asbestos regulations.

Birmingham businesses are one of the best informed about recent changes to the regulations governing the use of asbestos in the workplace.

New regulations place increased responsibility on businesses to manage asbestos and the results of a survey by Zurich Risk Services in Birmingham, 61 per cent of businesses in the West Midlands - in first place with Yorkshire businesses - were the most well-informed about recent changes to the Control of Asbestos at Work regulations 2002.

In comparison only 22 per cent of business in the North were aware about how the new CAW regulations would affect them.

The new regulations make it clear that businesses must be able to prove that they have plans in place to deal with asbestos in the workplace and the Health and Safety at Work Executive are telling companies that controlling asbestos in the workplace must now be seen as a priority.

But despite good levels of awareness 69 per cent of companies in the Birmingham area have no plans in place to deal with the risks associated with asbestos.

Eighty-three per cent of businesses in the West Midlands rated the threat to health that asbestos can pose as a major concern but also rated as major concerns were business interruption and property value.

Roger Cottell, managing director of Zurich Risk Services, urged businesses in the West Midlands to put plans in place to deal with the risks associated with asbestos in the workplace.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 19, 2003
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