The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued revised guidance to help businesses and property owners understand how to work safely with asbestos.
The Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) L127 (management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into one single revised ACOP known as L143, Managing and Working with Asbestos.
L143 has been revised in an effort to make it easier for businesses and employers and property owners to understand and meet their legal obligations. The new joint ACOP also reflects the changes introduced in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) on the notification of non-licensed work with asbestos, and consequent arrangements for employee medical examinations and record keeping.
Highlighting the benefits of the change, Kären Clayton, director of HSE’s Long Latency Health Risks Division, said:
“The two ACOPs have been updated and brought together to help employers find the information they need quickly and easily and understand how to protect their workers from [the] dangers of working with asbestos. The revised ACOP also provides better clarity on identifying duty holders for non-domestic premises and the things they must do to comply with the ‘duty to manage’ asbestos.”
ACOPs L127 and L143 were among several identified for review and revision, consolidation, or withdrawal, following a recommendation made by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report ‘Reclaiming Health and Safety for All’.
The changes follow public consultation and HSE Board and ministerial approval.
The revised ACOP is available on the HSE website at: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l143.htm