consultative document setting out regulatory proposals to provide
greater protection for workers from exposure to asbestos. A summary
leaflet is also available.
(Licensing) Regulations 1983 (ASLIC) and the Control of Asbestos at
Work Regulations 1987 (CAW); and revising and restructuring the two
supporting Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) to ensure that
essential guidance is provided to those at greatest risk.
The main changes proposed are to:
extend licensable work to include asbestos insulation board;
tighten the exposure limits for chrysotile asbestos;
put a duty on employers to ensure that where Respiratory Protective
Equipment (RPE) is required, it is chosen to reduce exposures to as
low a level as reasonably practicable and not just to the exposure
put a duty on employers to provide refresher training to workers;
and most importantly clarify that all work liable to lead to asbestos exposure must comply with CAW.
Following the consultation period, which lasts until 19th June, the
proposals will be considered by the Health and Safety Commission.
Copies of the Consultative Document Proposals for amendments to the
Asbestos Regulations and supporting Approved Codes of Practice or the
leaflet A Summary of the Proposals for the Asbestos Regulations are
available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6FS.
Tel 01787 881165. The information can also be accessed on the
Internet at www.open.gov.uk/hse/condocs