Monthly Archives: October 2015

MPs call for asbestos removal legislation

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health is calling for the accelerated removal of all asbestos from Britain.

Asbestos containing materials is estimated to be in approximately half a million non-domestic buildings and a million domestic ones. Five thousand people die prematurely every year in the UK as a result of asbestos exposure.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health believes that the time has come to put in place regulations requiring the safe, phased and planned removal of all the asbestos.

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HSE issue “Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide 2016” for Public Consultation

On Monday 12th October 2015 the Health and Safety Executive made the “Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide 2016” available for public consultation.

This document is a revised version of the Analysts Guide first published in 2005. It contains guidance for Analysts involved in asbestos work and is the authoritative source of analytical procedures.

The guide has been updated to take account of changes in legislation, developments in analytical procedures and methodology, provide clarification on technical and personal safety issues and to consolidate guidance from a number of HSE sources.

The guidance is also designed to help Analysts and their clients comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 and the associated Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance L143 (Second Edition).

The document introduces new guidance on asbestos in soils in response to industry requests.

The document can be found on the HSE web site

 Comments and suggestions should be made by e-mail to the HSE by 20 November 2015.

ARCA News Issue 90 now available

Issue_90The latest edition of ARCA News is now available online.

Issue 90 is packed with information on the asbestos management industry and updates on ARCA’s recent activities, including the launch of a range of specialist services for licensed asbestos removal contractors.

Informative articles include ‘guidance on clients responsibilities when appointing asbestos contractors’.

Keep up-to-date …  download Issue 90 here.