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New Asbestos Laws To Protect Employees

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.

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