Asbestos Related Legislation

The principal pieces of occupational health and safety legislation which regulate work with asbestos include:

  • The Chemicals (Asbestos Articles) Regulations 2011, which came into operation on 31 May, 2011, specify how the Health and Safety Authority may issue a certificate to exempt an asbestos-containing article, or category of such articles, from the prohibition on the placing on the market of an asbestos-containing article provided for by Article 67 and Annex XVII of the EU REACH Regulation 1907/2006.





  • The REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 prohibits the placing on the market, the supply and use of asbestos fibres of all types and of products containing asbestos fibres. The restriction conditions for asbestos fibres can be found in entry no. 6 of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, recently amended by Regulation (EC) No. 552/2009


Note the above is not an exhaustive list of legislation that is applicable to work with asbestos and other relevant legislation, may also be applicable to your work activities, for example, confined spaces, chemical agents, carcinogens legislation etc.

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