Why do I need to Notify the HSA About Asbestos Removal?
The risk associated with exposure to asbestos relates to the possibility that the fibres within the asbestos containing material (ACM) can become released into the air and are then inhaled. Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases (mainly cancers of the chest and lungs).
Removal, repair or encapsulation of Asbestos containing materials can result in the release of asbestos fibres into the atmosphere placing persons at risk.
Based on a written risk assessment, where the planned asbestos related work activity will expose or could expose workers to a concentration of asbestos fibres in air in excess of the exposure limit value (i.e. 0.1 fibres / cm3), an employer must submit a written notification to the Health and Safety Authority, 14 days before commencing any work. The site specific plan of work (also known as a method statement) for the proposed work must be submitted along with the notification.
How do I Notify the HSA About Asbestos Removal?
Notification can be made using the Authority’s notification form or by other equivalent means. Notifications and the plan of work / method statement for the proposed works may be submitted:
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include site county in the email subject line)
- In writing to the Health and Safety Authority, Occupational Hygiene Unit, Metropolitan Building, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
If using other means of notification than the Authority’s notification form, then all of the information as detailed in Schedule 3 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations, must be included in the notification. This information is a legal requirement. In the event of incomplete information being submitted, the 14 day notification period will not commence until all information has been received by the Authority.
Where there is a material change in the nature of the work to which the original notification relates which results in the original notification no longer being valid, for example, the work ceases before the planned date, the original work process is altered etc. the employer must inform the Authority in writing and submit a new notification for the work activity along with the reasons in writing for the new notification.
Employers must keep copies of all notifications and plans of work submitted to the Authority.