Hefty fines for failure to manage asbestos

FPB is warning that UK businesses run the risk of being heavily fined if they fail to properly implement an ‘Asbestos Management Plan.’

The Forum of Private Business’s Chief Executive Nick Goulding said critical changes have been made to Health and Safety law in 2012, including tough new regulations on asbestos management which carry heavy fines.

“The Health and Safety Executive will expect businesses to have found out if their premises contain asbestos. And, if they do, businesses must have assessed the risk of the fibres being released and must have made a plan to manage that risk.” The asbestos regulations cover all non-domestic buildings whatever type of business is carried out in them. It is crucial to point out that if your business occupies a building, whether you own it or not, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing the property.”