Why do I need to Notify the HSA About Asbestos Removal?

The risk associated with exposure to asbestos relates to the possibility that the fibres within the asbestos containing material (ACM) can become released into the air and are then inhaled. Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases (mainly cancers of the chest and lungs).

Removal, repair or encapsulation of Asbestos containing materials can result in the release of asbestos fibres into the atmosphere placing persons at risk.

How and When do I Notify the HSA About Asbestos Removal?

Regulation 11 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations 2006 requires an employer to prepare a written notification to the Authority that must be received by the Authority at least 14 days prior to commencement of the any activities involving the removal, repair or encapsulation of lagging, insulation or other materials containing asbestos. This should be made using the Asbestos Notification Form (size 53 KB).

For exemptions under the Chemicals Asbestos Articles Regulations S.I.248/2011 please see here.