The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April 2012 (superseding the 2006 version) leading to additional requirements involving how asbestos-related work is notified and recorded and setting out a new need for 'medical surveillance'.

The programme is a studio-based discussion with HSE asbestos Gillian Birkby of law firm Fladgate. Gillian explains how the updated requirements will affect the day-to-day practice of all those working in the construction industry who may come into contact with asbestos.

Key Learning points:

  • Under the regulations, is an architect a duty holder?
  • The difference between licensed and non-licensed work
  • An explanation of the new category of work; notifiable non-licensed work or NNLW
  • The new requirement to keep medical records of workers explained
  • In practice, how these changes affect a typical project management team

About the contributor

Gillian Birkby is head of construction at London law firm Fladgate. She deals with all aspects of construction law, both contract drafting and disputes. She has a particular expertise in health and safety matters and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Safety.

Gillian was on the HSE working group advising on the rewriting of the CDM Regulations. Her work covers compliance with health and safety law and potential HSE prosecutions; attending interviews under caution with clients. Gillian also runs workshops for designers and others on their health and safety responsibilities and has advised on health and safety issues arising on all types of construction project.

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