HBE Asbestos ACoP Consultation DocumentThe Consultation on draft revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) Managing and working with Asbestos has been released.

This consultative document seeks views on HSE’s proposed consolidated version of the Approved Code of Practice (L143) – Work with materials containing asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 incorporating the Approved Code of Practice (L127) – The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises.

The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) has been revised in response to Professor Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation ’Reclaiming health and safety for all’.

The consultation process aims to establish whether the changes will make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations.

The significant revisions and other changes of note that have been made include:

  • Material supporting regulations 2, 3, 9 and 22 revised to reflect changes to the law on notification of certain non licensed work with asbestos and consequent arrangements for segregation of asbestos work areas, medical examinations for employees and keeping health records.
  • Material supporting regulation 10 reviewed and updated to help employers understand what they need to do to provide information, instruction and training for employees.
  • Revisions made to the Control of Asbestos Regulations to reflect the changes made in 2012.

A full copy of the Consultation document can be downloaded from the HSE website.