B: Health and welfare

The following organisations and websites offer health and welfare guidance on the topic of health and safety.

7.3 The regulations can be downloaded from the Government legislation website.

7.5 A list of all WELs is published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Guidance Note EH40, available to download from its website.

7.6.1 Further information on labelling and packaging can be found on the HSE website.

7.7.1 The HSE has developed a free internet tool (the COSHH e-tool) for identifying good control practice. It covers a wide range of processes and activities and also provides advice for products that have safety data sheets.

7.7.3 The HSE, in collaboration with the TUC and CBI, has developed a COSHH essentials toolkit to help firms comply with the COSHH Regulations.

7.7.6 The HSE has compiled a set of example COSHH risk assessments for some industries, available on its website.

7.7.6 There is also excellent guidance on silica exposure on the HSE website.

7.8.1 A poster on skin checks for dermatitis is available to download for free from the HSE website.

7.8.1 For further information on dermatitis visit the HSE website. Detailed maintenance arrangements for engineering controls and non-disposable RPE are in the Approved Code of Practice (L5).

7.11 The HSE has published new online guidance, with guidelines on health surveillance needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.

7.12 REACH aims

7.12 Further information can be found on the HSE website

7.12 and on the European Chemical Agency website.

9.1.1 There are many resources available on the HSE website, including video support, which can indicate the likely locations where you may find asbestos.

9.2 For further information on research into the dangers of asbestos visit the HSE website.

9.4 In addition the HSE publication Asbestos: the licensed contractor’s guide (HSG247) provides specific guidance for high risk (licensed) asbestos work.

9.6 The HSE publication Managing asbestos in buildings - A brief guide provides simple precautions to be undertaken and explains the duty to manage in general terms. It is available as a free download from the HSE website.

9.6 For a checklist on managing asbestos visit the HSE website.

9.7 Guidance covering licensed asbestos removal, sampling, analysis and clearance procedures is available from the HSE.

9.9 The HSE website provides comprehensive and understandable guidance on the types of work methods to be used.

9.10 The HSE has published a flowchart in their leaflet Advice on non-licensed work with asbestos to assist with deciding the status of asbestos work.

9.10.4 Notification of this type of work will be necessary. Once you have confirmed the work is NNLW, you need to notify it to the relevant enforcing authority. Do this using the online notification form.

9.10.5 For advice and examples of non-licensed work on asbestos, visit the HSE website. 

9.10.5 The HSE publication Asbestos - The licensed contractors' guide (HSG247) provides comprehensive practical guidance on how a licensed asbestos removal contractor should work.

9.18 The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) offer a range of competency training courses for those undertaking asbestos assessments and asbestos monitoring.

9.18 The United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) and the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) are organisations offering membership to other organisations who offer asbestos training to people undertaking asbestos removal activities.

9.18 Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD).

9.18 Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

9.18 Asbestos Testing and Consulting (ATAC).

9.18 Information on the risks from asbestos can be found on the HSE website.

Appendix A For further information refer to the HSE publication Asbestos: the survey guide (HSG264).

Appendix B An HSE Asbestos essentials task sheet can be found on the HSE website.

Appendix C The HSE website contains further guidance on asbestos