Revised Guernsey Asbestos ACoP

The Guernsey Health & Safety Executive have published a revised Control of Asbestos Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) which came into force on the 8 April 2013.

The key changes between the old and new ACoP relate to the general management of asbestos and the introduction of General Principles for the Control of Asbestos.  The ACoP focuses on duty holders assessing and managing the risks from asbestos containing materials. Other minor amendments  made in relation to the disposal of asbestos waste to harmonise the Approved Code of Practice with new environmental pollution and waste legislation introduced in 2012.

The key changes are:

Addition of a clear prohibition on the import, use, re-use, sale and export of all asbestos containing materials;

Addition of general principles to identify the presence of asbestos, assess the risks posed, manage the asbestos containing materials, plan and organise the work with asbestos, prevent or reduce exposure, prevent or reduce the spread of asbestos fibre, provide information instruction and training, provide health surveillance, monitor and review the arrangements;

A new definition of notifiable and non-notifiable work with asbestos, focusing on risks arising from different work rather than exclusively types of materials; An extended definition of the purpose of management and demolition/refurbishment surveys in line with UK guidance;

An updated requirement for the maintenance of equipment used during work with asbestos, thorough examination of that equipment in accordance with new BS8520:2009;

An update of the requirements for the disposal of asbestos waste (in line with waste licensing requirements of Mont Cuet).
If you require any further advice on the new Control of Asbestos ACoP please do not hesitate to contact Coppolo & Coyde on 01481 247248.


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