Legislation on asbestos


Legislation on asbestos

Legislation on asbestos

Asbestos removal should be carried out in accordance with current legislation and standards. Both the Belgian and European law sets strict requirements on the removal of asbestos. Asbestos Removal is a recognised asbestos remover and has all the necessary certificates.

Asbestos inventory

Before any asbestos removal can take place, an inventory should be compiled. This can only be done by an independent and accredited laboratory. We collaborate with the best laboratories who offer the highest guarantees in terms of safety and quality. 

In case of asbestos removal in a company, the asbestos inventory must be submitted to the PPW committee or union representatives. The employer should retain the inventory. It can always be requested by an authorised official.

During an asbestos inventory inspectors will conduct a visual inspection and they will take samples of suspected asbestos-containing materials. Afterwards a report is drawn up: the asbestos inventory. The inventory also includes a risk analysis, possibly taking the proposed works into account.

What does the law say about asbestos?

Here you will find the Royal Decree concerning the protection of workers against the risks related to exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos Removal has the necessary certificates to be able to execute asbestos removals. All our employees have a VCA certificate and attended specific training on 'asbestos'. Our site managers are VCA level 1 or 2 certified and have received first aid training. 

Below you will find more information about the legislation in Belgium:

  • The government has been working on the introduction of protective measures since the end of the 70s. First the most dangerous manipulations and applications were banned.
  • Gradually, under the influence of European regulations, more prevention measures for working with asbestos and exposure limits were established. These will become increasingly strict over the years.
  • Since 1 January 1995, every employer is obliged to make an inventory of anything containing asbestos in the company. In March 2006, the Royal Decree made these rules even stricter to the benefit of employees. The inventory is not just a list of all asbestos-containing materials, but a management programme with an annual assessment must also be linked to it.
  • In 1998 the manufacturing and use of a very large number of asbestos applications were banned. At the time it already felt like a complete asbestos ban. However, the total ban on asbestos came with the next Royal Decree.
  • The Royal Decree of 23 October 2001 which restricted the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations meant that the primary and secondary processing and treatment of asbestos were completely stopped.
  • Since 1 January 1995, every employer is obliged to make an inventory of anything containing asbestos in the company. In March 2006, the Royal Decree made these rules even stricter to the benefit of employees.
  • The Royal Decree of 16 March 2006 concerning the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos.
  • The Royal Decree of 2007: recognition and certification of specialised accredited asbestos removal companies
  • Future: as asbestos cement is considered as being dangerous to health by our neighbouring countries (including France and the Netherlands) the removal of the same will soon only be allowed to be done by approved and certified contractors in Belgium too.

References and sector of activity:

We do asbestos removal, both in construction and in industry.

Asbestos removal in industrial sectors:

  • (petro) chemistry
  • Food industry
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Waste processing
  • Energy
  • Storage
  • Process Industry
  • Shipbuilding
  • Etc.

Asbestos removal in the building sector:

  • Office buildings
  • Commercial spaces
  • Public buildings
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Etc

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