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Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (CAWR) came into effect on 21 May 2004 in the UK. It means that owners, employers and managers of non-domestic properties (including managed residential properties) are legally required to assess and, if relevant, have in place a managed asbestos survey – whether work is required or not.

Failure to comply with the new legislation could leave you liable to prosecution. Consequences could be:

  • Closure of part or all of your business
  • Fines of up to £20,000 for individuals or unlimited fines for companies
  • Up to two years in prison
  • Disqualification of directors

More specifically, the CAWR introduced Regulation 4, the new EXPLICIT duty to manage asbestos in premises. The regulations’ basic requirements mean that anyone responsible for business premises must:

  • Locate asbestos-containing materials and determine their condition
  • Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary
  • Create a written record of the location and condition of asbestos
  • Assess the risk from the materials
  • Plan how to manage asbestos in the future and review and monitor this plan regularly
  • Ensure that anyone who needs to know where asbestos is, e.g. individuals carrying out building work, is given accurate information

The primary aim of the legislation is to protect employees and save lives. Thanks to the new regulations, contracted site workers will be given accurate knowledge of the materials they are working with before they begin. This will eliminate the risk of accidental or uncontrolled damage to asbestos containing materials and exposure of workers to potentially harmful fibres.

The importance of asbestos management will greatly affect non-domestic property owners and employers. However, if properly controlled and maintained, there is no reason why asbestos containing materials cannot remain in use for many years.

For more information on the latest asbestos legislation or to receive a free no-obligation quote, please contact us on 01422 370588.


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