‘Act’ means the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 (No. 10 of 2005);
‘Airborne asbestos’ means any fibres of asbestos small enough to be made airborne. For the purposes of monitoring airborne asbestos fibres, only ʻrespirable fibresʼ
‘Asbestos’ means the following fibrous silicates:
- asbestos actinolite, CAS No 77536-66-4(*);
- asbestos grunerite (amosite), CAS No 12172-73-5(*);
- asbestos anthophyllite, CAS No 77536-67-5(*);
- chrysotile, CAS No 12001-29-5(*);
- crocidolite, CAS No I2001-28-4(*); and
- asbestos tremolite, CAS No 77 536-68-6(*),
*references to ‘CAS’ followed by a numerical sequence are refer- ences to CAS Registry Numbers assigned to chemicals by the Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society;
‘Asbestos abatement’ means a number of procedures that are available to control fibre release from ‘ACMs’ in a building, including removal, encapsulation, repair, enclosure, encasement, and operations and maintenance programs such as environmental cleaning;
‘Asbestos-containing material (ACM)’ means any material or article that, as part of its design, contains asbestos;
‘Asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD)‘ means dust or debris that has settled within a workplace and is (or is assumed to be) contaminated with asbestos;
‘Asbestos Regulations’ mean the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 386 of 2006) as amended by Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations 2010 (S.I.
589 of 2010)
‘Authority’ means the Health and Safety Authority;
‘Competent person’ has the meaning assigned to it in the 2005 Act, i.e.
(2) (a) For the purposes of the relevant statutory provisions, a person is deemed to be a compe- tent person where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size or hazards (or both of them) of the undertaking or establishment in which he or she undertakes work, the person possesses suffi- cient training, experience and knowledge appro- priate to the nature of the work to be undertaken.
- Account shall be taken, as appropriate, for the purposes of paragraph (a) of the framework of qualifications referred to in the
Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999.
‘Directive’ means Directive 2009/148/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work;
‘Exposure limit value’ for asbestos is a respirable fibre level of 0.1 fibres per cubic centimetre of air measured in a person’s breathing zone and expressed as a
time-weighted average fibre concentration calculated over an eight-hour working day;
‘Friable asbestos’ means that an ACM is less resistant to mild abrasion or damage and is more likely to release inhalable fibres;
‘HEPA’ means High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor with a collection efficiency of 99.95% for the most penetrating particle size. Filters with higher efficiency may be used;
‘Non-friable asbestos’ means material contain- ing asbestos that is resistant to mild abrasion and damage and less likely to release inhalable fibres;