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Asbestos Surveys and the duty to manage asbestos

The duty to manage is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.

The duty to manage asbestos is contained in regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 . It requires the person who has the duty (ie the "dutyholder") to: 

  1. Take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in;
  2. Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not;
  3. Make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials - or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos;
  4. Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibers from the materials identified;
  5. Prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed;
  6. Take the necessary steps to put the plan into action;
  7. Periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date; 
  8. Provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them;
  9. There is also a requirement on anyone to co-operate as far as is necessary to allow the dutyholder to comply with the above requirements.

Who has the duty?

In many cases, the dutyholder is the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises.

The duty to manage covers all non-domestic premises. Such premises include all industrial, commercial or public buildings such as factories, warehouses, offices, churches, shops, hospitals and schools.

Non-domestic premises also include those 'common' areas of certain domestic premises: purpose-built flats or houses converted into flats. The common areas of such domestic premises might include foyers, corridors, lifts and lift-shafts, staircases, roof spaces, gardens, yards, outhouses and garages.

How do dutyholders comply?

There are three essential steps:

  1. Find out whether the premises contains asbestos, and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in. If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos;
  2. Assess the risk; and
  3. Make a plan to manage that risk and act on it.

Precision have dedicated Asbestos surveyors who can sample and identify Asbestos and assist in compiling and maintaining your Asbestos register.

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