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Asbestos and asbestosis

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Dear Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,

In relation to a previous request that has so far gone unanswered , I too would like to know how many Asbestos related investigations the HSENI have carried out .

A. How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in 2013/2014 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51 & 65, 66 & 150
B How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in 2014/2015 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51 & 65, 66 & 150
C How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in 2015/2016 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51 & 65, 66 & 150
D How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in 2016/2017 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51 & 65, 66 & 150
E How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in 2017/2018 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51 & 65, 66 & 150

Yours faithfully,

A. Harlen

DfE HSENI FOI, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Dear A Harlen,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

Reference: FOI/171/2018

 

 

I refer to your email entitled ‘Freedom of Information request - Asbestos
and Asbestosis’, dated 23 October 2018 to the Health and Safety Executive
for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

 

We are currently working on your request and will be in touch with you
once our response is complete.

 

If you have any queries regarding this email or your request please
contact HSENI by email to [1][HSENI request email] and remember to quote our
reference, FOI/171/2018, on any future correspondence.

 

Yours sincerely,

DDuffy

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O'Neill, Liam, Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

 

Dear Ms Harlen,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

 

I refer to your request for information under the above Act.

 

You asked us:

 

How many Asbestos related investigations the HSENI have carried out?

 

1)   A. How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in
2013/2014 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51
& 65, 66 & 150

2)   B How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in
2014/2015 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51
& 65, 66 & 150

3)   C How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in
2015/2016 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51
& 65, 66 & 150

4)   D How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in
2016/2017 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51
& 65, 66 & 150

5)   E How many Asbestos / Asbestosis investigations were carried out in
2017/2018 would it be between 0 & 5, 6 & 10, 11 & 25,26 & 35, 36 & 50, 51
& 65, 66 & 150

 

 

Firstly I would point out that Asbestosis is defined ‘as a rare long-term
lung condition which usually develops around 20-30 years after you have
breathed in a considerable amount of asbestos dust in the course of your
work’. As this is a medical condition as opposed to a work activity it
would not fall under the remit of HSENI to investigate. Therefore we would
not hold any information in relation to Asbestosis Investigations.

 

Secondly, looking to your request for information relating to HSENI
asbestos investigations in the past five years I can advise you that after
careful consideration, I am not obliged to supply the information you have
requested.  In relation to this request the following FOI exemption
applies: 

        

·         Section 12 – Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds the
appropriate limit

 

Searches of HSENI’s paper and electronic records (for the number of
investigations relating to asbestos) has identified a large number
of results. This is because the topic heading of ‘asbestos’ appearing as
an element of investigations across all sectors enforced by HSENI
(Agriculture, Construction, Farming, Public Sector, Manufacturing etc. In
order to extract an exact answer to the questions posed all investigations
in all sectors would have to be examined manually to ascertain if asbestos
was an issue. HSENI carries out a large number of investigations per year
and in order to accurately answer your question we estimate it would take
approximately two minutes to interrogate each record to establish if they
contain information relevant to your request.  We therefore estimate this
exercise would exceed the appropriate limit set under section 12 of the
Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.  As
per guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO), when
estimating the cost of compliance, the Authority can take into account the
cost of the following activities:

 

·         determining whether we hold the information

·         finding the requested information, or records containing the
information

·         retrieving the information or records; and

·         extracting the requested information from records

 

It is estimated the cost of providing you with a response to the questions
raised is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond
i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the
“appropriate level” as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

 

In the case of HSENI, the appropriate limit is £450 which has been
calculated to equate to a total of 18 hours of work. 

 

Excess cost removes HSENI’s obligation under the Freedom of Information
Act, however under Section 16 – Duty to provide advice and assistance, an
authority is required to offer an applicant the opportunity to redefine
their request within the cost limit.  You may therefore wish to submit a
redefined FOI request taking into accounting the breadth and scope of the
topic area.

 

I trust you find this information useful however if you are dissatisfied
with the way in which HSENI has handled your request, please go to the
HSENI website at the following link which explains the actions that are
available to you:

 

·         [1]http://www.hseni.gov.uk/about-hseni/cont...  

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Liam O'Neill
HSENI
83 Ladas Drive
Belfast, BT6 9FR
Tel: 028 9054 7088 (ext: 47088)
[mobile number]
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