Latest update: 19/03/2021

A practical guide on best practice to prevent or minimise asbestos risks

The practical guide provides information on the identification of asbestos and asbestos products and raises awareness of the asbestos presence. It describes good practice on asbestos removal (e.g. dust suppression, enclosure and protective equipment) and handling asbestos-cement products and waste. Furthermore, the guideline encourages the use of protective equipment and clothing, taking into account human factors.

This guideline is made for employers (e.g. regarding technical, organisational and personal safety and health protection), employees (e.g. regarding information about protective measures, workers’ training, OSH motivation) and labour inspectors (e.g. regarding key aspects during inspection visits).

The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) prepared this guideline together with the European Social Partners (trade union and employers representatives) and the Advisory Committee for Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) in 2006.

Note: The manuscript was completed well before the release of Directive 2009/148/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work, thus it does not serve as a direct guideline for the latest legislation.

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