Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 come into force

Implementation date: 6 April 2012

The Regulations revoke and replace the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/2739), consolidating the legislation on asbestos control with some modifications. The main changes relate to the scope of the exemption set out in the EU Directive on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work (2009/148/EC). The changes require employers carrying out some types of low-risk short-duration work to: notify the work to the relevant enforcing authority; carry out worker medical examinations; and maintain a register for each worker of the type and duration of work done with asbestos. The Regulations can be viewed on the UK legislation website.