The Control of Asbestos Regulations bring together the three previous sets of Regulations covering the prohibition of asbestos, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, and asbestos licensing. The regulations also include the ‘Duty to Manage’ asbestos in non-domestic premises placing a duty on anyone who manages non-domestic premises to:

  • Take reasonable steps to identify where asbestos may exist, the amount and what condition it is in.
  • To presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary.
  • Keep up-to-date records of the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials or materials that are presumed to contain asbestos-containing materials.
  • Carry out risk assessments on the materials identified.
  • Produce and implement a formal written Asbestos Management Plan.
  • Take steps to put the Management Plan into action including marking of asbestos-containing materials and include Plan review arrangements.
  • Inform/consult all those who need to know of the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials.
  • Ensure that external employees, contractors, etc, are adequately informed and instructed on the precautions to be taken.