Changes to the Legislation Regarding Asbestos

There are a number of changes to the legislation regarding asbestos in the Control of Asbestos Regulations (NI) 2012.

One change is that some non-licensed work now needs to be notified to the relevant authority. Examples of notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) include:

  • minor, short duration, maintenance work involving asbestos insulation, e.g. repairing minor damage to a small section of pipe insulation where the exterior coating has been broken or damaged;
  • minor removal work involving AIB, when short duration and as part of a refurbishment project, e.g. removing AIB panels fixed with screws following water damage;
  • entry into the roof space above an AIB tiled ceiling, when no decontamination or cleaning has taken place

Brief written records should also be kept of this type of work. An example of this is a copy of the notification with a list of workers on the job, plus the level of likely exposure of those workers to asbestos.

Another change to the legislation is that by April 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos must be under health surveillance by a Doctor. Workers who are already under health surveillance for licensed work need not have another medical examination for non-licensed work. BUT medicals for notifiable non-licensed work are not acceptable for those doing licensed work.

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