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Review the crippling Asbestos Regulations

Comment 2nd July 2010

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2006 came into force on 13th November 2006 and compels all non-domestic property owners to investigate buildings for asbestos and manage any associated risks. Those who fail to comply risk crippling fines and even imprisonment.

This law is based on an exaggerated version of the risks from asbestos products in properties that presume a risk akin to radio active materials when in fact over 90% of all asbestos materials have no measurable risk to health. This regulation was spawned from a vested interest lobby group who have been allowed to compose the regulations with the full support of the Labour Government as a reward for generous political contributions.

The CAR2006 regs need to be reviewed. They are not based on scientific fact but designed to maximise profit for the asbestos testing and removal industry. An example of this is the fact that the HSE's Asbestos helpline is run by one of the UKs biggest asbestos removal firms. How does this benefit the public?  

Why does this matter?

The cost to the UK economy to implement  these regulations is over £4 billion per year, and there is no evidence that a single life is being saved.

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