Managing and working with asbestos

This information will be of particular interest to employers, asbestos contractors and others with duties under asbestos regulations, together with those workers currently at greatest risk from exposure to asbestos.

The importation, supply and use of all forms of asbestos are banned. However, many buildings, and some plant and equipment, still contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).

Before you start any work in a building that might contain asbestos (eg built or refurbished before the year 2000), you need to do the following:

Identify whether asbestos is present and determine its type and condition

Carry out a risk assessment

Decide if the work needs to be carried out by a licensed contractor

If the work is not licensable, decide if the work needs to be notified

Ensure those carrying out the work are suitably trained

Updated 2021-03-01