HSE Updates Asbestos Essentials

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has updated HSG210, known as Asbestos Essentials, to bring it in line with changes to the Asbestos Regulations and to better reflect asbestos guidance on HSE’s website as well as the Asbestos Approved Code of Practice, L143.

Asbestos Essentials is designed to be durable, practical and small enough to fit in a toolbox. It contains a series of task sheets, with over 100 full colour photos and illustrations, to describe ‘good practice’ for non-licensed tasks and covers the action needed to reduce exposure to an adequate level.

It is aimed at all workers who may come into contact with asbestos, including roofers, builders, plumbers, carpenters etc. It is useful to employees, the self-employed and managers.

The updated edition includes information on:

  • Additional information on risk assessments
  • Clarification on the requirements for information, instruction and training including the position on certification and refresher training
  • Updated guidance on notifiable non-licensed work to improve tables and provide information on the relevant authorities to be notified
  • More clarity around topics on which HSE receives frequent enquiries. For example, using H class vacuum cleaners; using mini enclosures

You can purchase a copy here.

Beware Asbestos Web App

Asbestos remains a prominent cause of lung cancer and it kills around 20 tradespeople each week.

If asbestos fibres are released and inhaled they can cause serious and fatal diseases. This is why some work requires a licensed contractor, and some work needs to be notified.

The Beware Asbestos web app will help you identify safe and correct procedures for asbestos work. It also provides information on the types of work that can be carried out without a licence.




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