Asbestos Regulations - Lack of Awareness?
22 May 2012
The Construction Index report that compliance with the new Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012) is not going to be high. Like its predecessor, the new regulations apply to work involving removal, repair or disturbance of asbestos, and has implications for anyone involved in the maintenance or repair of buildings.
Failure to comply with the regulations constitutes a criminal offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, attracting a penalty of up to two years' imprisonment and an unlimited fine. However a recent awareness survey indicates that there is still widespread ignorance about the management of, and working with, Asbestos.
For details of the changes made on 6 April 2012, please see our What has changed in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012? guide.