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The provisions relating to medical examinations are contained at SI 2012/632, reg 22 and the HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L143
There are different requirements depending on the type of asbestos work.
The previous regulations, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, SI 2006/2739, exempted most ‘low risk’ work from being subject to worker medical examinations.
Following a complaint to the Commission that SI 2006/2739 did not correctly implement Directive 2003/18/EC, the UK government agreed to replace the 2006 regulations with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), SI 2012/632. This resulted in a new category of asbestos work – notifiable non-licensed work.
Licensable work with asbestos is work:
where the exposure to asbestos of employees is not sporadic and of low intensity
in relation to which the risk assessment cannot clearly demonstrate that the control limit (0.1 f/cm3 airborne fibres averaged over a four-hour period) will
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