A Decree dated 5 July 2013, postpones the implementation of some of the new rules governing the assessment and prevention of exposure to asbestos and the provision of information regarding the associated risks of exposure that are detailed in the Decree dated 4 May 2012.

As such, companies have until 1 January 2014 to comply with the stricter requirements regarding certification, rules applicable to protective measures and equipment and the method for carrying out dust measurements.

However, the period within which the companies will have to comply with the new legal threshold of exposure to asbestos (which has been reduced by a factor of 10) remains unchanged, meaning that companies have until 1 July 2015 to comply with this new threshold.