The Control of Asbestos Regulations places a ‘Duty to Manage Asbestos’ on those who own, manage or have maintenance and repair responsibilities for non-domestic premises and common parts of domestic premises ie stairs and corridors, either through a contract or tenancy agreement or because you own the premises.
How We Can Help You with your Asbestos Awareness…
John F Hunt Ltd as Asbestos Licence holders can assist with the Asbestos Awareness regulatory requirements, helping you to achieve your responsibilities, please ring us on 01375 366700.
The Asbestos Awareness regulations require that you have, or can make available, information on the location, extent, category and condition of any asbestos containing materials (A.C.M’s) via an appropriate asbestos survey. This information has to be provided to anyone liable to disturb the fabric of a building, which is likely to contain asbestos as part of their work within those premises.
There is also an obligation for anyone in the premises to co-operate with the duty-holder to allow them to comply with the above asbestos awareness requirements.
The duty will require you to manage the risk from asbestos by:
- Finding out if there are asbestos containing materials in the premises via the appropriate survey and if so, its location, extent, accessibility and condition.
- Presuming materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.
- Making and keeping an up-to-date record of the location and condition of the ACM’s.
- Assessing the risk of the asbestos material.
- Preparing an asbestos management plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed.
- Taking the necessary steps to put the plan into action.
- Reviewing and monitoring the plan and the arrangements made.
- Providing information on the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials to those who may disturb it.
Employees and contractors involved in building maintenance, refurbishment work, telephone, computer, electrical installation or plumbing, all need to know that the building contains asbestos; its location, condition and the potential risks to their health i.e. asbestos cancer if they disturb it before commencing any work.
You are most likely to come across asbestos in these areas and materials:
- Ceiling voids – sprayed and loose packed asbestos used as a fire break.
- Pipes and Boilers – moulded or preformed lagging used in thermal insulation.
- Ducts, fire-breaks, panels, partitions, soffit boards, ceiling panels and around structural steel work – sprayed asbestos used as fire protection.
- Partitioning and ducts – insulation boards used for fire protection and thermal insulation.
- Some ceiling tiles, vinyl or thermoplastic floor tiles.
- Millboard, paper and paper products – insulation of electrical equipment and fire proofing.
- Artex asbestos, textured coatings and bitumen roofing material.
- Cement products, roofing, cladding, guttering, water pipes and water tanks – compressed into flat or corrugated sheets.
Should you require any guidance on asbestos awareness or asbestos removal please call us on 01375 366 700. Please see our section on the dangers to health explaining asbestos symptoms and asbestos cancer.