New asbestos rules to bite on removal work

Proposals to implement three EC Directives on asbestos were issued for consultation by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 8 June.1 They will have a limited impact on UK industry, although associated amendments to an existing code of practice will demand improved working methods in asbestos removal.

The three EC Directives were adopted in 1990-1. They deal with the protection of workers from exposure to asbestos, extend existing curbs on the marketing and use of asbestos, and provide for additional controls on asbestos by classifying it as a category 1 carcinogen.

The EC restrictions on specific types of asbestos will have no implications in the UK because the fibres concerned are either already banned - in the case of amosite - or n

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