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Asbestos at work

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for the regulation of the majority of risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain. They have produced various guidance on asbestos and the relevant regulations, details of which are available on their website HSE Asbestos Information . In order to try to minimise the adverse health effects of asbestos in buildings, The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 were introduced. The regulations require employers to prevent exposure of employees to asbestos. This means that employers must:

  • Determine the location and condition of materials likely to contain asbestos.
  • Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.
  • Make and keep a record of the location and condition of the materials in the building containing asbestos or presumed to contain asbestos.
  • Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to asbestos fibres from these materials.
  • Prepare a plan on how these risks are to be managed.
  • Review and monitor the plan.
  • Provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone likely to disturb them (e.g. contractors or building maintenance workers).

Other work related asbestos legislation includes the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983 and the Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations 1992. The 1983 regulations require that contractors working with asbestos must hold a licence issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The 1992 regulations have banned the importation into the UK, and the supply and new use within Great Britain, of all products containing asbestos.

All the information you may need about working with asbestos materials, including conforming to the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983 and the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, is available from the HSE Reading list for working with asbestos .

Last Updated: 25 March 2021