The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released new guidance on working with asbestos, which includes new rules on notifying non-licensed work.
The guidance reflects the changes introduced by last year’s Control of Asbestos regulations.
In particular, it says that notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) can only be notified online, although work can then proceed without the need to wait for permission. It adds that a large project should be notified just once, although it says any decision on whether or not the work in question is NNLW should be made by someone who has been suitably trained.
The new L143 guidance also combines what was previously contained in the old L143 guidance with L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic properties).
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 dutyholders for non-domestic premises and the things they must do to comply with the ‘duty to manage’ asbestos.”
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