Materials containing asbestos; notification of activities

Activities involving materials containing asbestos must be notified in advance to the responsible trade supervisory office.

Description

If you carry out activities with materials containing asbestos, a notification must be submitted to the responsible trade supervisory office. This notification can be company or object-related. There is only an obligation to notify companies.

Object-related notifications must generally be made if the work is carried out outside the company premises (e.g. construction sites).

Company-related notifications can be made for stationary (e.g. company site) or changing (e.g. construction site) workplaces. For changing workplaces, an enterprise-related notification is only possible in the following cases:

  • Activities with low exposure (No. 2.8 TRGS 519)
  • Work of small extent (No. 2.10 Para. 3 TRGS 519), i.e. asbestos cement sheets in outdoor areas of less than 100 m². (Prior to commencement of the work, a supplementary notification of place and time must also be submitted for this purpose).
  • Maintenance measures (No. 17 TRGS 519)

Information

Asbestos is a carcinogenic hazardous substance and was banned on a national level as early as 1993. Since 2005, asbestos has also been banned throughout Europe by the REACH Regulation. Asbestos products already installed before the ban may currently still be used until they are removed or until the end of their useful life, but an obligation to replace or remove them is under discussion.

Work on asbestos-containing parts of buildings, devices, machines, plants, vehicles and other products is generally prohibited.

Only demolition, renovation and maintenance work (ASI work - see definition under No. 2 TRGS 519) is permitted in accordance with the Hazardous Substances Ordinance. Prohibited are processes that lead to the removal of surfaces containing asbestos, such as grinding, pressure cleaning, brushing and drilling, unless they are so-called low-emission processes.

Further prohibited are:

  • Overlay, superstructure and elevation work on asbestos cement roofs and wall coverings.
  • Cleaning and coating work on uncoated asbestos cement roofs and wall cladding.

Any asbestos-containing materials produced during demolition, renovation and maintenance work must be disposed of as waste.

The safety requirements of the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances for work on materials containing asbestos and the ban on asbestos also apply to private households.

The information does not claim to be legally binding or complete. They are intended for illustrative purposes only. For further information, please refer to the currently valid version of the Hazardous Substances Ordinance.

Prerequisites

Demolition, renovation and maintenance work on materials containing asbestos may only be carried out by specialist companies. At least one competent person authorised to give instructions must be active on site during the work. Certificates of competence are valid for a period of 6 years. More detailed information on the expert training courses can be found in Annexes 3 and 4 of TRGS 519.

Demolition and remediation work on materials containing asbestos in weakly bonded form may only be carried out by specialist companies that have official approval.

Mandatory occupational health screening in accordance with the Ordinance on Occupational Health Screening must have been carried out for all employees carrying out activities with materials containing asbestos before work commences.

Procedure

Object-related notifications are to be addressed to the trade supervisory office responsible for the location of the object (e.g. construction site).

Company-related notifications must be addressed to the trade supervisory office responsible for the company's registered office.

In the case of small-scale work, the place and time must be notified in addition to the company-related notification. This notification must be sent to the trade supervisory office responsible for the location of the object (e.g. construction site).

Please use the available forms to prepare the notification.

Special notes

Company-related notifications must be made again in the event of significant changes or after 6 years at the latest.

A copy of the notification must be sent to the competent statutory accident insurance institution (e.g. BG BAU).

Deadlines

Activities involving materials containing asbestos must be notified to the responsible trade supervisory office on an object-related (Annex 1.3 TRGS 519) or company-related (Annex 1.1 TRGS 519) basis at least 7 days before the start of the work.

When notifying the place and time (Annex 1.2 TRGS 519) in addition to the company-related notification, no deadline must be observed. This notification can be made at short notice.

In urgent cases, the competent trade supervisory office may agree to a shortening of the deadline. For this purpose, an application for a shortened deadline can be made via the online procedure. In the event of approval, the applicant will receive a permit from the trade supervisory office to shorten the deadline. Costs are charged for the approval. The work may only be started after receipt of the approval.

Required documents

  • Risk assessment / work plan

    according to appendix 1.4 TRGS 519

  • Supplementary information for demolition and remediation work on weakly bound products

    according to appendix 1.5 TRGS 519

  • Operating instructions

    see sample in appendix 1.6 and 1.7 TRGS 519

  • Certificate of competence

    according to appendix 3 and 4 TRGS 519

Forms

Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

Online procedures

Fees

  • Only in case of shortened time limit: min. 75,00 EUR plus expenses

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Links to more information

Status: 26.07.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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