News Updates April 2012

Bite Size News Updates from the HSE

Regular Information and links for you and your business put together in one easily accessible email.

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April 2012, updating previous asbestos regulations to take account of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC).

In practice the changes are fairly limited. They mean that some types of non-licensed work with asbestos now have additional requirements, i.e. notification of work, medical surveillance and record keeping. All other requirements remain unchanged.

From 6 April 2012, some non-licensed work needs to be notified to the relevant enforcing authority.
From 6 April 2012, brief written records should be kept of non-licensed work, which has to be notified e.g. copy of the notification with a list of workers on the job, plus the level of likely exposure of those workers to asbestos. This does not require air monitoring on every job, if an estimate of degree of exposure can be made based on experience of similar past tasks or published guidance.

By April 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos must be under health surveillance by a Doctor. Workers who are already under health surveillance for licensed work need not have another medical examination for non-licensed work.

BUT medicals for notifiable non-licensed work are not acceptable for those doing licensed work.

Some modernisation of language and changes to reflect other legislation, e.g. the prohibition section has been removed, as the prohibition of supply and use of asbestos is now covered by REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2006).


Some UK registered vessels can now employ armed guards to defend themselves against pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, the Government has said in new guidance.
The policy, which only applies to internationally trading passenger ships and cargo ships of 500 gross tonnages and above, means armed guards can be deployed in exceptional circumstances.
The guidance includes the factors ship owners should include a risk assessment and advice on selecting a private security company. Shipping companies wishing to use armed guards will also be required to submit a detailed counter-piracy plan to the Department of Transport in advance.


According to HSE statistics, every year around 15 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Don’t become a statistic; there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. By law, your landlord has to make sure that the gas appliances supplied in your rented accommodation are safe for you to use. Your landlord also has to provide you with a copy of the landlords gas safety check record either prior to moving in or within 28 days of the annual check being completed if you are an existing tenant. As a tenant gas safety may not be your top priority, but knowing your rights when you rent could save your life.

Visit our web page to download free self-user risk assessments, templates and manuals.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

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