20 June 2022

Asbestos Risk - A One - Stop Guide for Small Construction Businesses and Tradespeople

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) co-chairs the Supporting Small Employers Group of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), alongside the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC’s) Health, Safety and Wellbeing workstream, we supported the launch of the ‘Asbestos Risk Guide’ aimed at small construction businesses and tradespeople who are working in retrofitting, maintenance, and building improvement.

Asbestos poses a significant risk to builders and workers’ health; it can be found in any building pre-2000 and is responsible for around 5000 deaths a year. With the focus on retrofitting for Net Zero and a strong home-improvement market, it’s more important than ever to properly assess and mitigate the risk posed by asbestos.

The guide is designed to be an interactive, informative, and straightforward infographic-style PDF linking to key resources and providing industry-leading advice at a glance. It is both digital and print ready, meaning it is as useful on a mobile device as it is on a print-out poster on site or in the office. ‘Asbestos Risk’ shows where you can commonly find asbestos in the home and commercial buildings and includes links to an ‘Am I at risk?’ help page, HSE guidance, and reminders about the correct use of PPE. The guide works in accompaniment with the Asbestos Network’s ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos’ flowchart, which can be found below and provides useful guidance and engaging information.

At the National Federation of Builders, we are encouraging members, clients, builders, tradespeople, and sub-contractors to share the guide as widespread as possible, for instance on their websites, in toolbox talks, around site, and in the office.

You can download the two guides here:

Asbestos Risk Guide for Small Construction Businesses and Tradespeople

Asbestos Duty to Manage Flow