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“What measures do I need to take to protect myself, my family and my


neighbours from asbestos exposure? ”


Yellow Pages details companies that can provide this sampling service. Once the sample is taken and analysed you will receive a certificate of analysis and the analyst would be able to advise on possible courses of action. We would strongly recommend that you use a competent contractor for any removal work as although work in your own home is not subject to any statutory health and safety requirements, others who may be affected could still have recourse against you under common law.


If I employ a Contractor to carry out the works, what legislation do they need to comply with?


Work with asbestos is well regulated in Jersey and is covered by the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989, the Asbestos – Licensing (Jersey) Regulations 2008 and the Management of Exposure to Asbestos in Workplace Buildings and Structures Approved Code of Practice. Contractors should comply with this although you do not have any responsibilities to check that they do.


If the ACM they will be working with is a licensed product, then in most cases, they will need to submit a Plan of Work to the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate who will check that they are happy with what is being proposed.


Should I make any checks at all?


It is always recommended that if the work is being carried out by a contractor other than a licensed contractor e.g. to remove an asbestos cement product, that you ask for details of their insurance to make sure they have adequate Public Liability cover for working with asbestos containing materials.


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