The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will be consulting a wide range of stakeholders about the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, starting in May 2021.
The review will seek to establish if the regulations continue to meet their objectives, remain appropriate and are still the best means to minimise exposure to asbestos.
This will be the second post-implementation (PIR) review of the regulations. The first PIR was published in 2017 – confirming the majority view that the regulations were practical to implement and were effective in achieving their objective to protect workers and others from the risks of exposure to asbestos. There was clear recognition from those involved in the review of the importance of the specific duties in the regulations in keeping workers and others safe from the risks of exposure to asbestos.
We will let you know when the consultation goes live. It will be interesting to see the questions that will be asked of stakeholders in this second review. Watch this space..
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Andrew Litchfield helps clients to manage risk and avoid regulatory criminal offences, minimise the cost and disruption of criminal investigations if something does go wrong and guides cases through the courts to protect the clients' brand.
Amber has experience of advising corporate and private clients at all stages of a commercial dispute from pre-action through to trial and subsequent costs disputes. She understands that in order to consider the merits of a case and the best course of action to take to resolve the issues, clients want to think about minimising costs incurred and reputational damage caused by the those actions.