How Asbestos Legislation Works in Ireland

30 Mar 2023

How Asbestos Legislation Works in Ireland

At OHSS, we help to protect people across Ireland from the dangers of asbestos exposure. We're able to do this because we possess expert knowledge and considerable experience in helping businesses adhere to asbestos regulations in Ireland.

It's crucial that you understand your obligations in this regard, so with this in mind, it’s something we look at a little closer here as we dig down and see how asbestos legislation in Ireland all fits together. 

So, What is Meant by Asbestos Regulations in Ireland?
Essentially, when asbestos regulations in Ireland are being discussed, what's actually being referred to are the Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2006-2010.

These guidelines apply to all work (including domestic construction work) that exposes a person to either asbestos dust or asbestos-containing-material (ACM) dust. 

What About Carcinogens Regulations?
Also needing to be followed in the workplace in relation to asbestos are carcinogens regulations, which relate to The Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations 2001-2019. Again, this applies to all work with asbestos, where it's more favourable to health and safety at work. 

And Construction Regulations? 
Relevant to the repair and renovation of older buildings in which asbestos may have been used are the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. Under these circumstances, the risk of exposure is high, meaning a project manager must be appointed. 

So, as we can see, the rules governing asbestos removal and disposal are as complex as they are numerous, meaning that it pays to let the experts deal with the problem. 

With asbestos surveys and monitoring available, along with a deep understanding of regulations, turning to asbestos abatement experts (rather than tackling it yourself) is the only sensible option. 

Here to Make Sense of Things & Keep People Safe
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the rules and guidelines that exist to keep people safe from asbestos at work. That's why it's good to have the OHSS team in your corner when dealing with the problem, as we have the expertise and experience to guide you. 

You can find out more about us and our asbestos expertise, as well as our full range of occupational hygiene services by visiting us today at

There you'll find everything you need to know and more. However, if you need to talk to us about anything else, give us a call on 01 6905907, and we'll be glad to help in any way we can.