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Managing and working with asbestos

Managing and working with asbestos

"Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK." Source HSE

In response to Professor Lofstedt's independent review of health and safety legislation 'Reclaiming health and safety for all', the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now published the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) - L143 "Managing and working with asbestos". 

The ACOPs L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into the single, revised ACOP (L143). This has been updated to make it easier for employers to understand and meet their legal obligations, and to reflect the changes introduced in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012).

The revised ACOP is available on the HSE website at: or via this link


UKATA sets standards in asbestos training and ensures that its members meet those standards.

It is legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with asbestos awareness training. If they will intentionally work on asbestos they must have had appropriate training specific to the tasks they will undertake.

Any organisation that allows builders or maintenance personnel onto their premises should ensure that they have evidence of asbestos awareness training. UKATA provides a quality standard for that training.

When asbestos is to be worked upon deliberately, using a UKATA member to provide that training ensures that the training provider has the facilities, knowledge and experience to properly undertake that training.

Category A UKATA accredited courses available through ACT are:

UKATA Asbestos Awareness - E-Learning

UKATA Asbestos Awareness - Taught course

For further information relating to the hazards of working with asbestos go to