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Guidance on asbestos removal in confined spaces

13 November 2007

ARCA, Asbestos Removal Contractors Association has published a new ‘Guidance note for Asbestos Removal in Confined Spaces’.

When meeting the revised asbestos regulations issued by the HSE, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, work in confined spaces may introduce additional problems. The guidance note has been provided to give guidance to both clients and contractors on the procedures of working safely in confined spaces and to provide adequate practical guidance for those undertaking asbestos removal.

Concerns were expressed at the 2006 HSE & ALPI conference about the preparedness of some contractors when undertaking asbestos in confined spaces. Before carrying out any work in a confined space a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks for all work activities must be carried out for the purpose of deciding what measures are necessary for safety (The Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1999, regulation 3).

For work in confined spaces this means identifying the hazards present, assessing the risks and determining what precautions to take. The ARCA guidance note gives practical help in assessing and eliminating or managing the risks. A copy of the new guidance note can be downloaded at the ARCA website

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