The launch of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 introduced Regulation 4, the new EXPLICIT duty to manage asbestos in premises. (Revised 2006)
Broadly, the duty to manage will require those in control of premises to:
In simple terms this means that owners, employers and managers of non-domestic properties, (this also includes managed residential premises), will be required to assess and where relevant have in place a managed asbestos survey, whether work on the premises is planned or not.
This new regulation will enable contracted workers on site to assess correctly the nature of a material before work is carried out, thus eliminating the risk of uncontrolled damage to Asbestos Containing Materials.
The importance of Asbestos Management will greatly affect non-domestic property owners and employers.
The HSE state, If properly controlled and maintained there is no reason why Asbestos Containing Materials cannot remain in use for many years.
Consequences of not taking action –