Are you involved in, or do you engage in asbestos removal practices?
Are you aware that there is now a new approved code of practice (ACOP) that supports the ‘Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016’ – the ACOP ‘Management and Removal of Asbestos’
Do you know how the new ACOP affects you, asbestos removal contractors’ and asbestos assessors you engage?
4 Stage Clearance
From the 3rd November 2016, there are a number of changes to the way monitoring of asbestos removal is undertaken – previously, following removal, visual clearance, and clearance air monitoring was undertaken within the asbestos removal enclosure. Once confirmed as clear, the asbestos removal contractor was then able to remove the enclosure. This was known as a 3 stage clearance – this has now changed!
From the 3rd November 2016, the four stage clearance procedure is mandatory, this means, that in addition to the visual inspection of the enclosure, and subsequent air monitoring, there is now an implicit duty for a licensed asbestos assessor, or other independent competent person, to now be present at the enclosure dismantling phase, and to give a final visual clearance inspection following enclosure removal.
Failure to undertake this final inspection, is now a breach of the law! This extra inspection now requires a third visit from an assessor, where previously it only required two.
Clearance air monitoring
Prior to the new ACOP, it was a requirement that at least one air monitoring pump was used for clearance monitoring of an enclosure following asbestos removal, with extra pumps being required dependent on enclosure/removal area size. This has now changed. There is an implicit requirement that there are a minimum of 2 pumps required to be in operation when conducting clearance air monitoring, even on areas up to 25m2 in size, increasing in number depending on size of removal area/enclosure.
Do you comply with the law?
These are just two of the many changes to the law pertaining to asbestos that have been implemented since the ‘Health and Safety at Work act 2015’ came into effect.
To help keep you up to date with your obligations, and how these changes affect you, TriEx are undertaking a series of free 2 hour workshops to educate and inform organisations’ of the new changes, and how to remain compliant in a simple, easy to understand manner.
TriEx are experienced in undertaking 4 stage clearance procedures following removal, our BOHS qualified, and licensed asbestos assessors can ensure your continued compliance. In addition to undertaking asbestos surveys, and providing asbestos management consultancy services.
To register your interest in one of our free workshops, or to learn more contact Craig on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0800 4 TRIEX