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HSE Issues Revised Asbestos Guidance

January 29, 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued revised guidance – L143 Managing and working with asbestos to help businesses understand how to work safely with asbestos, along with new guidelines on health surveillance.

This document replaces the previous Approved Codes of Practice L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos).


L143 has been revised to make it easier for businesses and employers to understand and meet their legal obligations. It also reflects the changes introduced in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 on the notification of non-licensed work with asbestos, and consequent arrangements for employee medical examinations and record keeping. Make sure you take a look and understand your responsibilities.

Other Legislation: The HSE has also published new guidelines on health surveillance, which may be needed if there is a risk that workers could be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances, such as asbestos, likely to harm their health. Past exposure to these types of harmful substances at work is responsible for an estimated 12,000 deaths each year and there are numerous prosecutions each year concerning asbestos safety failings.

The HSE’s clear and simple guidance makes it easier for employers to decide whether your workers need health surveillance, how to go about it and how to use the results.

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