bg-img

Asbestos Licence

Asbestos is an incredibly hazardous and dangerous substance that causes serious ill-health to anyone who disturbs it. An employer must obtain an asbestos licence before carrying out any licensable work with asbestos.

LICENCE Name

Asbestos Licence

AUTHORITY

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

TIME TO GET LICENCED 8 weeks
COST £3,365
VALID FOR 3 years
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED Asbestos awareness certified
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Attend Asbestos Awareness Training Course

Cost: £30.00
2

Complete HSE Application

Cost: £3,365
3

Assessment by HSE Inspector

Evaluation of your health and safety management
Evaluation of leadership
Evaluation of training and competence
Evaluation of worker Involvement
Get Licenced

Find Your Course

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.

FAQs

Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. If you breathe in these fibres, they can damage your lungs.
Anyone who has even the slightest chance of being exposed to asbestos fibres at work must have asbestos awareness training. This is a mandatory for those applying for an asbestos licence.
Asbestos is incredibly dangerous if disturbed, therefore anyone who may come into contact with asbestos fibres at work must be given adequate information, instruction and training. Applicants looking to apply for an asbestos licence must have completed asbestos awareness training before applying for an asbestos licence.
No. Only occasional work which is of low intensity (e.g. the concentration of asbestos does not exceed 0.6 fibres per cm³ over a 10-minute period) is exempt from needing a licence.