The Health and Safety Executive’s Approach to Asbestos Management: Government Response to The Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2021–22 HSE’S Asbestos Related Research

The Second Special Report of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Session 2022–23 is now available.

The Government thanks the Work and Pensions Select Committee for its report on the Health & Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management and presents the recommendations below.

As a general principle, recognising the serious nature of the risk to death from asbestos, we have to carefully consider the evidence before taking any actions forward. We want to continue to reduce deaths from asbestos-related diseases and that is why ensuring the effective regulation of legacy asbestos remains a key priority for HSE.

We will now turn to each of the recommendations.

HSE’s Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) Post Implementation Review (PIR) will be published later this year. HSE has considered whether any of the inquiry findings are relevant to the scope and evidence which was gathered as part of the PIR.

The rules governing how PIRs are completed are set out in the Treasury’s Magenta Book supplementary guidance for conducting regulatory PIRs. The guidance states that the PIR:

‘…seeks to establish whether, and to what extent, the measure:

  • has achieved its original objectives as set out in the original Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA),
  • has resulted in any unintended effects,
  • has objectives which are still valid,
  • is still required and remains the best option for achieving those objectives; and
  • can be improved to reduce the burden on business and its overall costs.’

Given the scope of the PIR, and the areas considered during the research phase in 2021, only some of the inquiry findings will be linked to this work. However, HSE is developing its plan of work to take forward areas from the PIR and will consider using recommendations from the inquiry to inform this work.

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