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July 17, 2019

Control measure - Safe method of work: Asbestos

Minor amendment. Abbreviation ACM removed to avoid confusion with Aluminum Claddin


May 08, 2019

Control measure - Safe method of work: Asbestos

Control measure - Containment: Toxic materials

Control measure - Substance identification: Toxic materials


March 12, 2019

Hazard - Exposure to materials with acute health effects

Minor amendment - Hyperlinks added. Cm's name changed to reflect approved content


May 02, 2018

Control measure - Cordon controls: Toxic materials

Training specification and general control measure links established


March 31, 2018

Control measure - Safe method of work: Asbestos

Tactical Action added as agreed at NIF meeting on 21-Feb-18

Control measure - Containment: Toxic materials

Tactical Action added as agreed at NIF meeting on 21-Feb-18


February 28, 2018

Control measure - Cordon controls: Toxic materials

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF


February 26, 2018

Strategic Action - Provide arrangements for medical surveillance of personnel following incidents involving asbestos (by an appointed doctor), where appropriate

Tactical Action - Ensure a suitable method of work has been agreed with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prior ...

Tactical Action - If entering the hazard area follow HSE agreed method of working with asbestos-containing materials

Tactical Action - Avoid disturbing or releasing asbestos materials wherever possible

Tactical Action - Follow the three-step asbestos hazard identification process

Strategic Action - Ensure operational policy reflects all aspects of the agreed method of work

Strategic Action - Comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012/Control of Asbestos (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2012

Tactical Action - Comply with the conditions detailed in the Exemption Certificate from CAR 12 Asbestos Licensing and Notification Requirements

Tactical Action - Identify the presence of asbestos-containing materials and assess the level of risk (High or Lower Hazard)

Control measure - Safe method of work: Asbestos

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF

Strategic Action - Provide procedures and support arrangements for identifying asbestos-containing materials

Tactical Action - Avoid committing responders into areas that may lead to contamination with asbestos if possible

Control measure - Substance identification: Toxic materials

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF

Control measure - Cordon controls: Toxic materials

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF

Strategic Action - Provide processes and systems to enable emergency responders to identify toxic substances

Tactical Action - Use detection equipment to identify and monitor levels of the toxic materials involved

Tactical Action - Use signs, labels, markings and container types to identify the presence of toxic materials

Tactical Action - Consider using water spray or curtains to contain and control toxic vapours and gases

Tactical Action - Prevent accidental mixing of different toxic materials as this can lead to reactions which may give off large amounts of heat and or gas

Strategic Action - Have procedures and support arrangements with regard to recognising toxic substances and how to protect people from acute health effects

Tactical Action - Extend the initial cordon downwind for airborne toxic materials

Tactical Action - Identify the location, physical state (solid, liquid, gas), type, quantity and toxicity of the released material

Tactical Action - Protect emergency responders’ routes of entry based on the physical form of the toxic substance 

Tactical Action - Consider reducing vaporisation or gassing-off by absorbing spills with inert materials

Strategic Action - Provide suitable containment equipment to prevent the spread of hazardous materials

Control measure - Substance identification: Toxic materials - HHZ

Strategic Action - Have procedures and support arrangements with regard to recognising toxic substances and how to protect people from acute health effects

Tactical Action - Attempt to contain the spill or release of any toxic substances as close to the source as possible

Tactical Action - Establish exclusion zones, inner and outer cordons based on level of risk from toxic material

Strategic Action - Assess the foreseeable storage, use and transportation of toxic substances within their response ...

Control measure - Containment: Toxic materials

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF

Tactical Action - Consider reducing vaporisation or gassing-off by covering or reducing the surface area of spills

Tactical Action - Determine the potential spread of toxic substances

Tactical Action - Consider the potential reaction between the toxic material and containment material/water, in some cases producing heat and/or flammable/toxic gas

Tactical Action - Consider reducing vaporisation or gassing-off by reducing the temperature of bulk containers

Tactical Action - Consider additional post-incident monitoring of responders who may have been exposed to toxic/harmful material as effects may be delayed

Strategic Action - Consider their local risks and provide procedures and support arrangements for gas and vapour monitoring ...

Tactical Action - Consider options to contain or disperse the spread of toxic materials in consultation with a hazardous materials adviser (HMA)

Hazard - Exposure to materials with acute health effects

New guidance approved for publication December 2017 NIF