Following a knuckle rapping from the European Commission for failing to properly implement the 2003 European Directive on asbestos risks at work, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April 2012.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 have been repealed and replaced by the 2012 Regulations.  The changes affect companies carrying out non-licensed work, and require them to:

  • Notify non-licensed work to the relevant enforcing authority;
  • Keep records of non-licensed work including a list of workers on each job plus the level of likely exposure of those workers to asbestos; and
  • carry out specified, regular medical surveillance of workers by April 2015.

There are limited exemptions from these requirements for some types of non-licensed work, which are set out at Regulation 3(2) and include air monitoring, sample testing and specified works where the asbestos fibres are at low risk of coming unbound.  

For further details of the new Regulations, please look at the Health and Safety Executive's website.