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Consultation on proposals to review HSE's Approved Codes of Practice

Section 1.3 - Asbestos

L127 – The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises
L143 – Work with materials containing asbestos

Proposal:  To consolidate these two ACOPs into a single revised ACOP (L143) to be published by end-2013.

It is proposed that L143 is retained and revised to make it clearer what dutyholders can do to comply with legal requirements and to reflect the recent introduction of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.  Areas of change proposed are:

  • Material supporting Regulations 2, 3, 9 and 22 to be revised to reflect recent changes to the law on notification of certain non licensed work with asbestos and consequent arrangements for medical examinations for employees and record keeping.
  • Material supporting Regulation 10 to be simplified to help employers understand more clearly what they need to do in relation to providing information, instruction and training to employees.
  • Revisions to be made to reflect changes to the Control of Asbestos Regulations since they were introduced in 2006.

It is proposed that L127 on “duty to manage” is withdrawn and the material it contains is simplified and incorporated within L143.  Account will be taken of other HSE guidance on this topic published since L127 was produced (e.g. “INDG 223 - A short guide to managing asbestos” and on-line information and tools available on the HSE websiteat

These changes will bring all ACOP material in relation to working with asbestos together in one document. In addition, clarifying and simplifying the advice provided will make them more useable and understandable to better enable business to meet their legal obligations

If you also wish to comment on the proposal to introduce a limit on the length of ACOPs please remember to visit Section 3 of the consultation. After you have clicked 'Save these answers', click on the plus icon in the left-hand menu of this document to expand the menu and then select Section 3.