Documents
Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 2675)

These detail the current regulations regarding the specifics of surveying, sampling, and demolition of asbestos containing material. They also layout the safety aspects of performing these tasks, including the protection of the public.

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Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Statutory Instrument 2012 No. 632)

This is the principle document that details the current regulations regarding the public safety of asbestos including its use, control, removal, and management.

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Printed. Copies of the statutory instrument (ISBN 13: 9780111521083) by the Stationary Office (TSO) are also available. These can be purchased printed-on-demand from The TSO Shop website and other booksellers.


Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

This is primary legislation governing safety at work (HSWA). The Act is not specific to asbestos. It gives a framework for the protection and responsibilities of those working-in and owning non-domestic premises in terms of employee and public safety. It may apply to non-employees such as building contractors, IT engineers, etc. visiting premises to do work such as installing or maintaining equipment and fittings, refurbishment, etc. The following documents are as enacted.

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HSG248 – Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures

This is the Health and Safety Executive's 2006 first edition of HSG248. It is a fairly technical document detailing good practice with regard to surveying, sampling, public and employee safety, demolition, and the encapsulation of asbestos.

This publication consolidates and updates technical guidance from a number of HSE sources, including previously published guidance note (EH10 - ISBN 0717609073 - MDHS - ISBN 0717606775 and MDHS39/4 - ISBN 0717611132)

PDF. The guide is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. This version is free and is a facsimile of the printed version.

The HSE warns "reference samples on pages 74 and 75 of the hard-copy version were printed to a high quality and colour faithfulness in the HSE printed publication. Local printing of the same pages (pages 93 and 94) from this HSE web version is unlikely to produce sufficiently high-quality reproduction for reference purposes. Analysts carrying out laboratory work should therefore use a HSE hard-copy print of the publication for more reliable colour reference purposes".

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Printed. Copies of the guide (ISBN 13: 9780717628759) may be purchased from the Health and Safety Executives website.


HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide

This is the Health and Safety Executive's second edition (2012) of the guide to performing asbestos surveys. It includes the survey types, conducting the survey, reporting the findings, and any ongoing implications.

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Printed. Copies of the guide (ISBN 13: 9780717665020) may be purchased from the Health and Safety Executives website.


Technical Guidance WM3: Waste Classification - Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste

This 2014 Environment Agencies guidance includes details about the correct treatment of asbestos waste.

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Legacy documents

For reference only. These are legacy documents only given for background information, therefore, they do not supply current information.

Methods of Determining Hazardous Substances 100 (MDHS 100)

The guidance that was replaced by HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide.

Browser. The detailed information is no longer available from a HM Government website, however, its revision history is (look for item '100' at the botom of the list).

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Specific information/glossary

Abdomen: Cancer Research UK

Acrobat Reader: Adobe

Amosite: Wikipedia

Amphibole: Wikipedia

Asbestos: Wikipedia

Asbestos: Health and Safety Executive

Blood:Wikipedia

Blue asbestos (see Riebeckite): Wikipedia

Brown asbestos: Wikipedia

Chrysotile: Wikipedia

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (Download PDF): OPSI

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (HTML version): OPSI

Cookie: Wikipedia

Corticosteroid: Wikipedia

Crocidolite (Riebeckite): Wikipedia

Friable: Wikipedia

HTML (hypertext meta language): Wikipedia

Lungs: Wikipedia

Lungs: Cancer Research UK

Mesothelioma:Cancer Research UK

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Oxygen: Wikipedia

Pain: Wikipedia

PDF (portable document format): Wikipedia

Serpentine: Wikipedia

UK Statutory Instruments (SIs): Wikipedia

Tissue: Wikipedia

White asbestos: Wikipedia