What is the Asbestos Licence?
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. If you breathe in these fibres, they can damage your lungs.
Work involving asbestos materials (including removal and demolition) needs a licence issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Before carrying out any type of asbestos work and applying for an asbestos licence you must attend Asbestos Awareness Training.
What is Asbestos Awareness Training?
Asbestos awareness training helps workers who handle asbestos to understand the risks associated with the material so that they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos and cause danger.
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) regulations, employers have a legal duty to provide adequate control of employees’ exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.
Applicants looking to apply for an asbestos licence must have completed asbestos awareness training before applying for an asbestos licence.
What is the Asbestos Licensing Unit?
The Asbestos Licensing Unit set the national standards for asbestos assessment.
The unit is tasked with the goal to encourage those involved in the assessment process to adopt a consistent line, to ensure standards are applied fairly and without prejudice.
The Asbestos Licensing Unit monitors the work of licence-holders across Great Britain by collating all the information received from all site visits and assessments.
How to apply for a Asbestos Licensing Unit
To apply for an asbestos licence, you must submit an application via the UK Government Health and Safety Executive website.