Asbestos is a category 1 human carcinogen, regulated by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) which covers work with asbestos, and licensing of asbestos-removal activities.
More specifically Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 contains an explicit duty on the owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises, who have maintenance and repair responsibilities, to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos.
The risks arising from asbestos will vary with circumstances and can be from normal occupation of a building or from inadvertent disturbance during the repair, refurbishment and demolition of premises. The risk assessment will be used to produce a management plan which details and records what actions to take to manage and reduce the risks from asbestos.
The requirements are placed on ‘dutyholders’, who should:
- take reasonable steps to determine the location of materials likely to contain asbestos;
- presume materials to contain asbestos, unless there are good reasons not to do so;
- make and maintain a written record of the location of the ACMs and presumed ACMs;
- assess and monitor the condition of ACMs and presumed ACMs;
- assess the risk of exposure from ACMs and presumed ACMs and prepare a written plan of the actions and measures necessary to manage the risk (ie the ‘management plan’); and
- take steps to see that these actions are carried out.
An asbestos survey is the primary control in the management plan for asbestos in a building and without it or without the correct level of survey you may not be complaint therefore the correct survey needs to be in place, for a description of the three different types of survey click on one of the links below or contact us for more advice.