Further curbs on asbestos

New restrictions on the supply and use of asbestos came into force in Britain on 1 January.1 Additional controls on asbestos exposure at work have also been introduced.2

The new regulations implement three EC Directives. One of these was a 1991 amendment to a 1976 Directive under which controls on the marketing and use of substances dangerous to human health or the environment are harmonised across the Community.

The 1991 Directive prohibited the marketing and use of ten groups of products containing chrysotile, or white asbestos. These included paints, sealants, glues, floor underlays, roofing felt and f

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