PaRaC

This Preliminary Asbestos Risk Assessment Checklist (PARAC), together with the flowchart is designed to reduce your risk of exposure to asbestos and prevent the disturbance of asbestos. The PARAC helps to highlight when Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are likely to be present in any historic object in any collection.

Are YOU at risk?

The following object handling activities have been identified by senior collections professionals as tasks that could cause exposure to asbestos:

  • Loans In or Loans Out
  • Cleaning & Conservation
  • Acquisitions & Disposal
  • Objects In Operation
  • Handling & Auditing
  • Photographing Objects
  • Inspections & Examinations
  • Objects Stored & On Display
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Dismantling & Reassembly
  • Transportation & Movements
  • Object Restorations

Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires a suitable and sufficient assessment to be carried out in order to determine the likelihood of asbestos being present.

This PARAC fulfils the requirement and is intended to be used at your desk, away from the object, to prevent accidental exposure to microscopic respirable asbestos fibres

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This completed Preliminary Asbestos Risk Assessment Checklist (PARAC) can be filed onto an object database and recorded with the object file, for future reference.

Before proceeding with any object task for historic collections the following questionnaire should be completed to determine whether the object is likely to contain asbestos. Many household and industrial objects contain hazards intrinsic to their original function, such as asbestos for heat shielding and fire prevention. The examples given are likely sources of Asbestos Containing Material (ACMs), but are not exhaustive. If there is any doubt whatsoever, it must be assumed the object contains asbestos and an asbestos inspection should be completed.

PaRaC Form
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required any form of thermal insulation or fire protection? *
For example: Boiler & Pipe Insulation; Steam Components; Heating Elements; Cooking, Equipment; Heaters & Blanket
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required any form of sound insulation or anti-vibration properties? *
For example: Sprayed Coatings; Engine Compartments; Vehicle Cabs; Dampers; Exhausts; Packaging; Acoustic Pads
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required any electrical insulation, cabling or ignitions? *
For example: Electrical Boxes; Cable Braiding; Flashguards; Fuses; Bakelite & Paxolin Boards; Arc Shields; Textile Door Seals & Valves
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required any form of reinforcement or material added to make it stronger or more durable? *
For example: Textured Coatings (Artex); Mastics; Bitumen; Adhesives; Cement Based Products; Rain Water Goods; Flues; Vinyl Floor Tiles; Lino; Clutch Plates; Brakes Linings; Drive & Conveyor Belts and Gaskets
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required protection against corrosive chemicals? *
For example: Petrochemical; Acid or Alkali Containers; Pipes & Hoses; Batteries; Laboratory or Medical Equipment, Flooring & Protective Surfaces
Does the object contain any parts or components that may have required protection against moisture or condensation? *
For example: Bitumen Products; Paints; Rust Protection; Putty, Textile Ropes & Gaskets in or around Windows; Inspection Hatches; Electrical Equipment; Hose Brackets & Fixtures; Packing or Containers
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If you selected multiple options of ‘Yes’ and ‘Maybe’, the higher the likelihood of Asbestos being present. Get in touch today.