Asbestos Regulation Update
On the 6th April, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force, which updates previous asbestos regulations.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 introduces changes to “Non-Licensable” work on asbestos, an important new obligation that requires notification of certain types of work with asbestos. To date, work with asbestos has either been licensable or non-licensed work. The new regulations introduce a third category of notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW). NNLW requires employers to consider the type of work being carried out, the type of material that will be worked on and its condition. It will be the responsibility of the person in charge of the job to assess the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) to be worked on, and decide if the work is NNLW or not. Whilst it will be a matter of judgement in each case, failure to notify is an offence.
What will be notifiable?
• Short-duration maintenance and removal work with asbestos insulation.
• The removal of textured decorative coatings where the material is destroyed (for example by scraping it off).
• Short duration removal of AIB as part of refurbishment.
What will not be notifiable?
• Work with firmly bonded materials in good condition will not need to be notified. Short-duration maintenance work involving asbestos insulating board (AIB) which is in good condition will also not normally need to be notified.
For further information please contact Gary Viccars at CS2 Milton Keynes. Gary will be delighted to discuss your asbestos related property interests.