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Minutes pdf icon PDF 25 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the Health and Safety Committee held on 10 June 2019 be confirmed and signed.


Declaration of interests pdf icon PDF 206 KB




Corporate Health and Safety Team Update pdf icon PDF 541 KB









































































































































Mr Austin presented the report. He said that the Health and Safety Board met a week ago. The main topics for discussion were Beckenham Place Park, an incident involving a Council tree falling and progress works regarding fire risk.


Mr Austin introduced Mr Damri who leads the asset management team. He was in attendance because this Committee had previously identified asbestos as one of the main topics for discussion. Members asked for more information about the risk of asbestos and how it is managed. He said that there is an asbestos register but it is not available as a single document; asbestos registers are held individually on all council buildings


At 6.30pm, Councillor Hall arrived and the meeting became quorate.


Mr Damri said that in the past, asbestos was used widely in construction. Its use was restricted in the 80’s and 90’s and abolished from March 1999. Lewisham’s building stock is very likely to contain asbestos. It was used because it has many good qualities; it is strong, good for insulating and cannot be dissolved by water or chemicals. It was used in a lot of products.


The only way to identify asbestos is through a survey and Lewisham employ external people to identify it. The HSE have replaced the type 1 and type 2 survey with R and D survey which is intrusive. An action plan may recommend removal of asbestos even if it is dangerous but usually the recommendation is to leave it and encapsulate it.


Mr Damri confirmed that there is not one asbestos register, this information is kept separately for each individual building corporately. The documents are large but this information could be printed out for each building if requested. The information in each document explains how the asbestos should be treated. When asbestos is found it triggers certain action. If the information does not cover all the building, an additional survey will be undertaken in that area.


Councillor Best referred to remedial works at the Sydenham Centre. She asked what prompted this action. Mr Damri explained the action that would have been taken if asbestos had been identified but he did not know the reasons for the works at the Sydenham Centre. He agreed to investigate the matter and advise Councillor Best accordingly. Councillor Best said that because of the pre-election period, the assembly meeting to have been held on 7 November had been cancelled. It was hoped that the meeting could be re-arranged in January if the Centre is open.


Councillor Hall said that the presence of asbestos had been focussed on buildings, but asbestos could be anywhere. He said that local residents were concerned about asbestos found in soil in Beckenham Place Park. There were claims that it had been floating in the air. He asked what action had been taken by officers. Mr Damri said that asbestos occurs naturally in the ground and could  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.