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Management of Asbestos

The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations came into effect on the 21st November 2002. Regulation 4 introduced a new duty concerning the management of asbestos and became enforceable in 2004.  The regulations were further updated in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR2006) and more recently in April 2012 (CAR2012).

The legislation relates to non-domestic properties, the common parts of blocks of flats are considered to fall into this category.


The duties in Regulation 4 rest with the person in control of maintenance in non domestic premises, whether that be the occupier or landlord, sub-lessor or managing agent.


The key requirements under Regulation 4 are:


1. To ensure that an assessment has been carried out to identify whether asbestos is present in the property and the condition of it.  If there is any doubt as to whether a material contains asbestos, it must be presumed that it does until proven otherwise.

 

2. To record the results of the assessment. This record is your Asbestos Register.  This information must then be provided to anyone who is liable to work on, or disturb the material.

 

3. Once the Register has  been compiled and the risk from the material assessed, a written plan must be devised detailing how the risks are to be managed.  The measures specified in the plan should be adequate to monitor the condition of any asbestos containing materials and ensure any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are properly maintained.      

 

4. The management plan must be implemented, reviewed and revised at regular intervals.


Compliance


The first stage in compliance is to commission a management survey to HSG 264, the required industry standard, giving compliance to the first part of Regulation 4.  This will identify an asbestos containing materials present in the building and enable us to provide you with an Register of those materials.


The survey is the first element required by Regulation 4, however the legislation goes further and requires any identified asbestos containing materials to be managed. 


Managing The Asbestos Containing Materials


Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR2012 Regulation 4), you are required to manage any asbestos containing materials identified in the register so as to minimise the risk to persons who enter the building (ie staff, visitors, contractors etc) from becoming exposed to airborne asbestos fibre.


In order to assist you to fulfil this function, we can also compile Management Plans setting out an appropriate inspection programme of the asbestos containing materials. The legislation requires that the condition of the asbestos containing materials be reviewed at intervals of no longer than one year. 


In addition to the monitoring and inspection regime, it is essential that you ensure that all staff and contactors who visit the site are asbestos aware.  Evidence of this training should be sought prior to the commencement of any works in the property.

 

Furthermore, the latest copy of the Asbestos Register should be distributed to potential contractors so that they may review the document as part of their risk assessment for any proposed works.  This is an explicit requirement of both Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 and of the Health and Safety Regulations 1999.