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HSE Introduces New Asbestos Code Of Practice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently proposed a revised Approved Code of Practice with regards to working with asbestos. Comments and responses have been invited by the HSE, with a deadline of September 30th, 2013 for those comments and responses to be received.

The 2006 L143 Approved Cove of Practice (ACOP) that relates to working with materials that contain asbestos also incorporated another ACOP – L127. The latter relates to the ‘management of asbestos in non-domestic premises’.

Professor Löfstedt, who the Löfstedt Review was named after, made recommendations that all ACOPs should be reviewed by the HSE, so as to help give businesses greater clarity about both planned and anticipated changes. The Löfstedt Review itself was designed to remove red tape from health and safety regulations, and the ACOP system was seen as being a key aspect in helping to achieve this.

The ACOP that is in place regarding asbestos is being updated for two main reasons: it’s designed to be easier to understand for users in terms of meeting legal requirements, and also to reflect the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The revised ACOP (LI143) is expected to be published before the end of this year.

The ACOP’s most notable additions include marking law changes, regarding notification of non-licensed work with asbestos, employees undergoing medical examinations, health records being kept, and asbestos work areas being segregated. Employers, through the new guidance, are now expected to give information, instruction and training for any of their employees who work with asbestos.

Legal duties and advice relating to the revised ACOP are pretty much unchanged from earlier versions. The 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations is also covered.

It’s been suggested by the HSE that it will be both new users and those looking to update their knowledge, who will benefit the most from the revised ACOP.

Here at IES Group, we pride ourselves on being Leicester’s foremost asbestos company, specialising in carrying out the removal and treatment of asbestos to the highest standard. Using the most up to date methods we operate in both the public and private sectors. For more information please visit our website (where you can also view our company video), or call us on 0116 288 0000.


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