IDENTIFICATION & MANAGEMENT OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS

Your Asbestos Management Plan

You should be aware that since 21st May 2004, you are required by law to have an Asbestos Management Plan for your business premises.

This requirement is contained in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations, and will be enforced by the Health & Safety Executive, with penalties ranging from fines, closure of the premises, or even disqualification of directors.

Why another regulation?

Up to 500,000 commercial, industrial and public buildings in the UK are likely to contain asbestos materials. Unless this material is properly managed, building and maintenance workers may breathe in harmful asbestos fibres when carrying out everyday jobs. Even now, asbestos related diseases account for more than 4,000 deaths every year.

What buildings are affected?

All non-domestic buildings, whatever type of business is carried out in them. It also covers the common areas of residential rented properties, including halls, stairwells, lift shafts and roof spaces.

Who is responsible?

The Dutyholder is anyone responsible for maintaining and repairing all or part of a property, or who has control of the building. For example, the occupier or the owner.

What do you need to do?

If you are a Dutyholder you must:

find out whether your building contains asbestos, how much there is, and what condition it is in; assess the risk - will it release potentially harmful fibres? make a plan to manage that risk.

Where do you start?

M & W can inspect your premises for asbestos, take samples for analysis, and, if required, draw up, and help you manage your Plan. In short, we can help you with the whole process of complying with the Control of Asbestos Regulations, and relieve you of the worry. You can obtain more information from the Health & Safety Executive (see www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos ), or the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association. asbestos@mandwproperty.co.uk