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HSE issues updated asbestos safety guidance for businesses

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised and updated its advice to businesses about working safely with asbestos.

It has consolidated two existing Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) - ‘Work with materials containing asbestos’ and ‘The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises’ - into a single guide.

The new ACOP, entitled ‘Managing and working with asbestos’, features advice to companies and employers about their legal obligations, including details of changes introduced in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Karen Clayton, the director of the HSE’s Long Latency Health Risks Division, said the change would make it simpler for employers to find the information they need to protect their staff from the dangers posed by asbestos.

“The revised ACOP provides better clarity on identifying dutyholders for non-domestic premises and the things they must do to comply with the ‘duty to manage’ asbestos,” she added.

Among the issues dealt with in the new guide is what is notifiable non-licensed work and when a licensed asbestos contractor should be used.

For additional information about the role of licensed contractors in asbestos removal, disposal and management, please contact BLS Asbestos.

Published: 10th January 2014