Asbestos Law

Asbestos legislation is intended to protect everyone from harmful exposure to asbestos. Although there are specific asbestos regulations, approved codes of practice and guidance, there are also a large number of other regulations and guidance which indirectly form general and legal duties with regards to asbestos containing materials.

In all cases no matter what obligations or duties fall to each individual, group or organisation the need to know the location, type and condition of asbestos containing materials is paramount to ensure effective compliance. In order to locate identify and assess asbestos containing materials an asbestos survey of some type will be required.

Due to the overwhelming number of Acts, Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes which can refer, directly or indirectly to asbestos, the following pages have been divided into two sections:

Overview of direct asbestos Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance notes. Details of these can be found below.

Direct Asbestos Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes

The legislation hierarchy is as follows:

  • An Act of Parliament: An Act of parliament is a law enacted as primary legislation. A draft piece of legislation is called a bill, when this is passed by parliament it becomes an Act and part of statute law.
  • Regulations: Regulations are a form of secondary law or statutory instruments which are used to implement an Act or primary piece of legislation appropriately.
  • Approved Code of Practice: Approved codes of practice are recommended means of compliance with the requirement of the act and regulations, and have been developed after consultation with the industry or industries concerned.A code of practice applies to anyone who has a duty of care in the circumstances described in the code – which may include employers, employees, the self-employed, principals to contracts, owners of buildings or plant, and so on .An approved code does not necessarily contain the only acceptable ways of achieving the standard required by the Act, But, in most cases, compliance will meet the requirements of the Act, in relation to the subject matter of the code.The code has special legal status. If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the code, you will need to show that you have complied with law in some other way or a court will find you at fault.
  • Guidance Notes: Guidance notes are not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to guidance as illustrating good practice.

Main Regulations - The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 ?

L143 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance

L127 Approved Code of Practice and Guidance

HSG 227 Heath and Safety Guidance

HSG 264 Asbestos: The Surveyors Guide

HSG 248 Heath & Saftey Guidance

HSG 247 Heath & Saftey Guidance

HSG 189/2 Heath & Saftey Guidance

HSG 210 Heath & Saftey Guidance

HSG 213 Heath & Saftey Guidance

MS13 Guidance