The New Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 came into force Nov 13th 2006
and consolidate 3 previous sets of regulations.
Some of the changes that were introduced include specific mandatory training
for anyone who may risk being exposed to asbestos during there work, Introduction
of a singular control limit and practical guidelines for the determination of
'Sporadic & Low Intensity asbestos works'.
In response to the New Regulations Euro
Environmental Ltd, launched Asbestos LocatorTM , A web based asbestos management
system designed to assist organisations in complying with the regulations.
Lee Hall Managing Director of Euro Environmental said "The system was
designed in response to our customers demands for a simple management system
that would enable effective in house management of asbestos containing materials".
Another change brought about by the introduction of these regulations is the
removal of textured coatings from the list of notifiable products. In essence
this means that organisations are no longer required to use an asbestos licensed
contractor to remove these materials. Companies should however exercise caution,
the removal of textured coatings should still be carried out in accordance with
HSE approved codes of practice and few non licensed companies have the skills
and knowledge to do this effectively. Consideration should also be given to
the contractors insurance which must cover them for works with asbestos materials.