The HSE has announced the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 will come into force on 6 April 2012, these will update previous asbestos regulations in order to take account of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC).
In summary, the changes are fairly limited and mean that some types of non-licensed work with asbestos now have additional requirements, i.e. notification of work, medical surveillance and detailed record keeping. All other requirements will remain unchanged, e.g. relating to licensed work with asbestos, duty to manage, risk assessment, the asbestos control limit, control measures and training requirements.
Deconstruct welcome these changes and continue to promote best practice across all their asbestos projects.
Further information will be published on the 6th April 2012 by the HSE via their website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index.htm
The Deconstruct Team