Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Asbestos environmental legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to asbestos. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

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Northern Ireland asbestos legislation

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2010/160 Revoke and replace SR 2006/173. They regulate the carrying of dangerous goods by road and rail and, to an extent, by inland waterway. These regulations also cover the use of transportable pressure equipment.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2011/365 Amends 2010/160 to help implement EU Directive 2010/35 on transportable pressure equipment. Updates technical provisions, conformity requirements and responsibilities of operators, in order to improve safety and ensure free movement of transportable pressure equipment.

Control of Asbestos Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2012/179 Revoke and replace SR 2007/31 with some modifications so that there is a consolidated set of Asbestos Regulations. The regulations ban the import, supply and new use of asbestos. Regulations require employers to assess risks and limit employees’ exposure. They also require employers to have the correct licence before working with asbestos and to ensure that their employees have proper training.

Scotland – Asbestos legislation

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (SI 2009/1348). Regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways and the use of pressurised cylinders, drums and other equipment.

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 SI 632 These revoke and re-enact the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, with some modifications so that there is a consolidated set of Asbestos Regulations. The regulations ban the import, supply and new use of asbestos. They require employers to assess risks and limit employees' exposure. They also require employers to have the correct licence before working with asbestos and to ensure that their employees have proper training.

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