Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

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Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Key Guidelines and Requirements

This section provides an overview of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, highlighting critical guidelines and requirements for managing asbestos in the UK.

Asbestos Ban and Regulation

All forms of asbestos are banned in the UK, including importation and exportation. The ban on white asbestos has been in effect since 1999, with blue and brown asbestos banned since 1985.

Licensed Asbestos Contractors

Work involving asbestos must be carried out by licensed contractors. These professionals have undergone rigorous health screenings and possess the necessary qualifications and documentation, as verified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Compliance and Safety Measures

Strict compliance measures are in place for asbestos-related work. A detailed method statement and risk assessments must be submitted to the HSE 14 days prior to the commencement of any licensed asbestos work. Non-compliance with this rule attracts severe penalties from the HSE.

Risk Assessments and Exposure Limits

Under the Management Regulations, there are mandatory requirements for conducting risk assessments. These assessments focus on aspects such as exposure limits and ensuring adequate training for those handling asbestos.

This summary serves as a guide to understanding the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, emphasizing the importance of compliance, safety measures, and the use of licensed professionals in the management of asbestos in the UK.