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Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) set minimum standards for the protection of employees from risks related to exposure to asbestos.
The Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012, updating and replacing the previous 2006 version of the Regulations. The changes introduced mean that certain types of non-
What has stayed the same?
If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place; their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.
If you're responsible for maintenance of non-
If you want to do any building or maintenance work in premises, or on plant or equipment that might contain asbestos, you need to identify where it is and its type and condition; assess the risks, and manage and control these risks.
The requirements for licensed work remain the same: in the majority of cases, work with asbestos needs to be done by a licensed contractor. This work includes most asbestos removal, all work with sprayed asbestos coatings and asbestos lagging and most work with asbestos insulation and asbestos insulating board (AIB).
If you are carrying out non-
The control limit for asbestos is 0.1 asbestos fibres per cubic centimetre of air (0.1 f/cm3). The control limit is not a 'safe' level and exposure from work activities involving asbestos must be reduced to as far below the control limit as possible.
Training is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos (e.g. cable installers), as well as those involved in asbestos removal work.
What has changed?
From 6 April 2012, some non-
From 6 April 2012, brief written records should be kept of non-
By April 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-
Some modernisation of language and changes to reflect other legislation, e.g. the prohibition section has been removed, as the prohibition of supply and use of asbestos is now covered by REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2006).Remember that failure to comply with regulations may result in a criminal prosecution and, in the Crown Court, an unlimited fine.
Health & Safety Europe can carry out your asbestos surveys, Asbestos Management Survey or Refurbishment & Demolition Asbestos Survey, also assist with any Management Plan for your identified Asbestos. All Asbestos Surveys will be recorded on our own Asbestos Manager Software which has been developed by the Company.
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