The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force which updated all previous asbestos regulations by fully implementing EU Directive 2009/148/EC, aimed principally at companies involved in non-licensed asbestos removal work.
Examples of non-licensed work with asbestos are:
- Cleaning up small quantities of loose/ fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will not be exceeded and it is short duration work)
- Drilling of textured decorative coatings for installation of fixtures/fittings
- Encapsulation and sealing-in work on asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that are in good condition
Some non-licensed work, where the risk of fibre release is greater, is subject to three additional requirements;
- Notification of works
- Marking work areas with warning notices;
- Medical examinations and record keeping.
This type of work is known as Notifiable Non-licensed Works (NNLW). To decide if the work is NNLW, you will need to consider the type of work required, the type of material you are going to work on and its condition. Below is flow chat designed to help you decide if the works are non-licensed or licensed works.