Consultation on approved code of practice and working with asbestos
Views sought on consolidated of Code of Practice (ACOP)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on changes to the content of an Asbestos-related Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) this will consolidate two existing documents.
Following an initial consultation in June 2012, it was agreed by the HSE Board that a number of ACOPs would be revised, consolidated or withdrawn in line with the recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all’.
For the ACOPs dealing with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos), the proposal to consolidate the two ACOPs into a single revised ACOP (L143) was approved.
The draft ACOP provides practical guidance on how duty holders can comply with the requirements of CAR 2012, meet their legal obligations and so reduce the risks of over compliance. Legal responsibilities to protect workers’ health and safety are not altered by any changes to ACOPs.
This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed consolidated version of the Approved Code of Practice (L143) – Work with materials containing asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 incorporating the Approved Code of Practice (L127) – The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises.
The consultation aims to establish if the changes make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations.
The significant revisions and other changes of note that have been made include:
Material supporting regulations 2, 3, 9 and 22 revised to reflect changes to the law on notification of certain non licensed work with asbestos and consequent arrangements for segregation of asbestos work areas, medical examinations for employees and keeping health records.
Material supporting regulation 10 reviewed and updated to help employers understand what they need to do to provide information, instruction and training for employees.
Revisions made to the Control of Asbestos Regulations to reflect the changes made in 2012