In this day and age when Healthy & Safety is paramount within the workplace it’s surprising how few people are aware of the legislation regarding Asbestos Containing Material (ACM’s).

The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It applies to the owners and occupiers of commercial premises (such as shops, offices, industrial units etc.) who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities. In addition to these responsibilities, they also have a duty to assess the presence and conditions of any asbestos containing materials. If asbestos is present, or presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) were introduced in 2006 to ensure that the risk of ACM’s were properly managed and controlled and revised in 2012. The penalties for non compliance with these regulations can be extremely severe i.e. Unlimited fine and/or a 2 year prison sentence. One major high street chain found out to their cost recently how seriously these new regulations are being viewed by HSE when they where fined £1.3 Million.

To comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2012) it is recommended that an Asbestos Survey is carried out by a suitably qualified surveyor trained to BOHS P402 standard. After the survey has been completed a report can then be issued indicating all areas where ACM’s are evident and any necessary remedial action will be advised.

As this can be an expensive and time consuming procedure we offer a FREE initial ‘walk through’ and inspection to ascertain if any ACM’s are suspected to be present. However we must point out that under CAR 2006 and 2012 if any area cannot be accessed or inspected it must be presumed that asbestos is present unless there is strong evidence to the contrary.