HSE announces changes to Asbestos Licensing Procedure
At the end of October 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that from 1st December 2018 HSE asbestos licence renewal applications will be made electronically and the evidence to support those applications will be emailed (and in later implementation stages uploaded) to HSE at the same time. There will also be a new, more detailed, application form.
From now on, the Asbestos Licencing Unit (ALU) will assess applications using the supporting evidence sent to ALU by the applicant; along with evidence provided by the applicant’s past performance onsite inspections.
A licensing decision will be made based on that information. The outcomes of that assessment could be one of the following:
1. HSE grants a licence without further intervention where there is enough evidence to support this, and where significant matters arising during the past licence period and past assessments have been effectively addressed.
2. If there is insufficient evidence, but in a limited number of areas, HSE will contact the applicant and carry out a targeted assessment meeting. The assessment meeting will focus on the areas where there is not enough information or evidence and will not be as extensive as current assessment interviews. All the information HSE has after that meeting will be used to make a final decision on the licence application.
3. If there is clearly insufficient evidence sent electronically the application may be refused without an assessment meeting.
The changes will be implemented on 1st December 2018 for those licences that expire from 1st April 2019 onwards. ALU will continue to write to licensees four months before the expiry date, as it currently does, and invite a renewal application. At that point applicants will be given details and guidance on what to do.
This new approach will be evaluated as it progresses, and new applicants will not be affected at this stage of the phased implementation of this new system.
Queries relating to this new system should be emailed to AsbLicApplication@hse.gov.uk