Changes to the asbestos regulations

As of the 6th of April 2012 the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force. The changes from the previous 2006 regulations are limited and the change has come about due to the European Commission’s view that the UK was not fully complying with EU Directive on exposure to asbestos.

The changes are mainly concerned with non-licensed work meaning certain work that can be completed on asbestos that does not require a formal license to do so from the Health and Safety Executive. The changes are as follows;

The remaining requirements from the 2006 regulations remain (with the exception of some minor technical items).

So how do you know if the non-licensed work needs to be notified or not? Firstly you need to make sure that the work doesn’t require a licensed HSE contractor to complete the work; once you have decided that then you need to look at the following factors:

It is the person responsible for the work who is responsible to assess the asbestos containing material (ACM) to be worked on and decide if the work is notifiable non-licensed work or not. The HSE have issued a decision flow chart to help with this process which is available from their website (http://bit.ly/HdKLZL). As you can see however, this is not a straight forward process and its expected that many business and contractors will notify the works regardless.

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