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HSC PUBLISHES CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON ASBESTOS REGULATIONS

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The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published its major ...
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published its major

consultative document setting out regulatory proposals to provide

greater protection for workers from exposure to asbestos. A summary

leaflet is also available.

The consultative document proposes tightening the Asbestos

(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

limit;

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

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