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Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 2675)These detail the current regulations regarding the specifics of surveying, sampling, and demolition of asbestos containing material. They also layout the safety aspects of performing these tasks, including the protection of the public.
Browser. The regulations are available online from the National Archives’ (who publish all UK legislation on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government) website, this is suitable for directly reading on your browser.
PDF. The regulations are also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. These are free.
PDF file size: 95 kilobytes.
Printed. The website has a version suitable for printing.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Statutory Instrument 2012 No. 632)This is the principle document that details the current regulations regarding the public safety of asbestos including its use, control, removal, and management.
PDF. The regulations are also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. These are free and are a facsimile of the printed version of the regulations.
PDF file size: 143 kilobytes.
Printed. Copies of the statutory instrument (ISBN 13: 9780111521083) by the Stationary Office (TSO) are also available. These can be purchased printed-on-demand from The TSO Shop website and other booksellers.
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974This is primary legislation governing safety at work (HSWA). The Act is not specific to asbestos. It gives a framework for the protection and responsibilities of those working-in and owning non-domestic premises in terms of employee and public safety. It may apply to non-employees such as building contractors, IT engineers, etc. visiting premises to do work such as installing or maintaining equipment and fittings, refurbishment, etc. The following documents are as enacted.
Browser. The Act is available online from the National Archives’ (who publish all UK legislation on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government) website, this is suitable for directly reading on your browser.
PDF file size: 2.4 megabytes.
Printed. A printable version is available on the website (above).
HSG248 – Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance proceduresThis is the Health and Safety Executive’s 2006 first edition of HSG248. It is a fairly technical document detailing good practice with regard to surveying, sampling, public and employee safety, demolition, and the encapsulation of asbestos.
This publication consolidates and updates technical guidance from a number of HSE sources, including previously published guidance note (EH10 – ISBN 0717609073 – MDHS – ISBN 0717606775 and MDHS39/4 – ISBN 0717611132)
PDF. The guide is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. This version is free and is a facsimile of the printed version.
The HSE warns “reference samples on pages 74 and 75 of the hard-copy version were printed to a high quality and colour faithfulness in the HSE printed publication. Local printing of the same pages (pages 93 and 94) from this HSE web version is unlikely to produce sufficiently high-quality reproduction for reference purposes. Analysts carrying out laboratory work should therefore use a HSE hard-copy print of the publication for more reliable colour reference purposes”.
[PDF file size: 2.5 megabytes]
Printed. Copies of the guide (ISBN 13: 9780717628759) may be purchased from the Health and Safety Executives website.
HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guideThis is the Health and Safety Executive’s second edition (2012) of the guide to performing asbestos surveys. It includes the survey types, conducting the survey, reporting the findings, and any ongoing implications.
[PDF file size: 1.73 megabytes]
Printed. Copies of the guide (ISBN 13: 9780717665020) may be purchased from the Health and Safety Executives website.
Technical Guidance WM3: Waste Classification – Guidance on the classification and assessment of wasteThis 2014 Environment Agencies guidance includes details about the correct treatment of asbestos waste.
PDF. The guide is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
[PDF file size: 5.36 megabytes]
Legacy documentsFor reference only. These are legacy documents only given for background information, therefore, they do not supply current information.
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Part of the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA)
British Occupational Hygiene Society
Responsible for the BOHS P402 qualification for asbestos surveyors
Cancer Research UK
Information about cancer and cancer care
Department for Work and Pensions
Sponsoring department for the Health and Safety Executive
Health and Safety Executive
The government organization responsible for dealing with asbestos in England and Wales
Health and Safety Executive’s information on asbestos
HSE’s guidance on asbestos
Jerrold Baldwin (Informatics Consultant)
Designer of this site
An extensive American site that provides up-to-date information about pleural mesothelioma cancer and its treatment
Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA)
Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) parent body
United States Geological Survey
Source of scanning electron microscope images of asbestos
Abdomen: Cancer Research UK
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Asbestos: Health and Safety Executive
Blue asbestos (see Riebeckite): Wikipedia
Brown asbestos: Wikipedia
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (Download PDF): OPSI
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (HTML version): OPSI
Crocidolite (Riebeckite): Wikipedia
HTML (hypertext meta language): Wikipedia
Lungs: Cancer Research UK
Mesothelioma:Cancer Research UK
PDF (portable document format): Wikipedia
UK Statutory Instruments (SIs): Wikipedia
White asbestos: Wikipedia