Asbestos Related Legislation
The principal pieces of occupational health and safety legislation which regulate work with asbestos include:
The above Regulations apply to all work activities which expose persons to risks arising from the inhalation of dust from asbestos or materials containing asbestos. The Regulations provide a single exposure limit value for all work activities where exposure to asbestos dust in the air at a place of work may arise. The Regulations also emphasise the need for adequate training. Those involved in demolition and asbestos removal activities must provide evidence of their ability to do this work in a safe way to ensure the protection of their employees.
- The Chemicals (Asbestos Articles) Regulations 2011, which came into operation on 31 May, 2011, specify how the Health and Safety Authority may issue a certificate to exempt an asbestos-containing article, or category of such articles, from the prohibition on the placing on the market of an asbestos-containing article provided for by Article 67 and Annex XVII of the EU REACH Regulation 1907/2006.
- The REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 prohibits the placing on the market, the supply and use of asbestos fibres of all types and of products containing asbestos fibres. The restriction conditions for asbestos fibres can be found in entry no. 6 of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, recently amended by Regulation (EC) No. 552/2009
Note the above is not an exhaustive list of legislation that is applicable to work with asbestos and other relevant legislation, may also be applicable to your work activities, for example, Confined Space, Chemical Agents, Carcinogens legislation etc..