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PR(07)09: Iceland fails to implement amended asbestos rules


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland due to the failure to ensure implementation of Directive2003/18/EC which amends the 1983 Directive on protection of workers from exposure to asbestos.

Iceland should have implemented the amending Directive by 15 April 2006.

The Directive aims to protect workers against risks to their health, including prevention of such risks, from exposure to asbestos at work. For this purpose, the Directive lays down limit values and rules on risk assessment, measures to reduce the exposure to asbestos dust, measurement of asbestos fibres at the work place, training and information of workers and assessment of workers’ health. Furthermore, it includes specific provisions concerning demolition and maintenance work.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give Iceland a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.


For further information, please contact:
Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Acting Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67

14 March 2007

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