The Synod supports the mission and ministry of our local churches.
Who We Are
Who's who at URC Thames North Synod?
A list of committees at URC Thames North Synod.
Find out about the structure of the United Reformed Church.
There are approximately 1500 local United Reformed Churches Across England, Scotland and Wales.
Thames North Trust
Find out about the Thames North Trust.
What We Do
How we undertake a range of functions to support our local churches.
Discipleship Steering Group
The DSG at the forefront of our commitment to whole life discipleship.
Children & Youth
News on our children's and youth work and activities.
Support for those working with children, young people and adults at risk of harm.
Church & Society Network
The Church & Society Network explores various church and society issues.
Work With Us
Current job vacancies within the Thames North Synod and our partner organisations.
Find a Local Church
Directory of our local churches within the Thames North Synod.
Weekly e-newsletters from the Synod.
Thames North Synod gathers for full Synod meetings 2-3 times a year.
Information and documents relating to Church Premises.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety Policy for the United Reformed Church Thames North Synod.
Additional resources & downloads.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 apply and update previous regulations for the control of asbestos.
The HSE have produced guidance for anyone who is responsible for maintenance and repairs in a building which may contain asbestos – ‘The dutyholder’.
You are a ‘dutyholder’ if:
For local churches the ‘dutyholder’ is usually the trustees (elders) of the church and covers the following buildings:
Duty to Manage Asbestos
The duty to manage asbestos is contained in regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It requires the person who has the duty (elders) to:
There is also a requirement on anyone to co-operate as far as is necessary to allow the duty holder to comply with the above requirements.
The 3 essential steps
There are three essential steps to ensure that dutyholders comply with the Regulations:
There are a number of basic principles that should be followed when dealing with materials containing or presumed to contain asbestos:
Selection of a surveyor
It is recommended that you employ a competent person to deal with the asbestos survey for you. When making the appointment of a competent person you should:
Types of survey
Managing trustees (elders) must remember that the Regulation places a ‘duty to manage’. This means that it is essential that trustees at a local level arrange for survey of all building stock and keep a record of any asbestos. This is best done by recording everything in an asbestos register which should be reviewed annually.
The types of survey are:
The purpose of this survey is to locate and assess the extent of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and their condition. It is still possible to be presumptive in this type of survey, but it will usually include the need to be intrusive as material sampling will be necessary.
Refurbishment or Demolition survey
This survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This survey is used to locate and describe all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. It will be fully intrusive and often involve destructive inspection so that all areas where the work or demolition is to be carried out have been surveyed, tested and reported on. This type of survey will lead to removal of all materials containing asbestos to be carried out, under controlled conditions, prior to the refurbishment or demolition work being commenced.
Further information and guidance can be found on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg264.pdf
A large print version of this document is available upon request. Contact Synod Office: 020 7799 5000.
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