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Working safely with asbestos - update

Posted by Altius on Mar 31, 2014 10:09:39 AM

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its Approved Code of Practice and guidance on working safely with asbestos.

The change involves combining two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP) into one. As such, ACOP L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and ACOP L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) are now both consolidated into the revised ACOP L143 (Managing and working with asbestos).

This revised ACOP is designed to make it easier for organisations to comply with the law. One of the key changes is that it reflects the changes in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 on notifying non-licensed work with asbestos and arrangements for employee medical examinations and record keeping.

Commenting on the changes, Karen Clayton of HSE, said: “The two ACOPs have been updated and brought together to help employers find the information they need quickly and easily and understand how to protect their workers from the dangers of working with asbestos.”

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

The revised ACOP is available on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l143.htm

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