Health and safety at work - asbestos removal

A loophole in the scope of the Asbestos Regulations 1969 has been revealed by a decision in the Court of Appeal, in R v AI Industrial Products ((1987) 2 All ER 370). The regulations, made under the Factories Act 1961, contain detailed standards aimed to protect workers against asbestos hazards, but it has now been held that they do not apply to demolition work on factory premises where such work is considered to be a single operation rather than a continuous process.

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