In accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, if you are planning any work on a building and you are the duty holder then you are responsible for asbestos management.
This reminder should come as no surprise in light of recent news that an asbestos and environmental consultancy is facing legal action from Arbertillery Leisure Centre and Blaenau Gwent Council for ineffectively carrying out a survey which did not locate brown asbestos in cavity walls.
As well as legal action, this issue relating to management of asbestos has also led to demolition of the leisure centre being postponed for 18 months and an additional £1m to overall demolition costs to remove the asbestos.
The legal action relates to claims that the firm responsible for carrying out asbestos management may not have carried out the specialist pre-demolition refurbishment survey (PDR) sufficiently. The related survey report stated that cavity walls had been checked.
Reliable Asbestos Management
Asbestos management is a crucial step before any work can take place on a building. This is due to the fact that it protects contractors carrying out the work, and it is the legal responsibility of the duty holder to ensure that sufficient surveys take place to identify this risk before any building work can take place.
Contractors who end up in contact with air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancers.
Avoiding legal action, delays to planning or demolition and additional costs to this work comes with working with a reliable consultancy that you can trust. REC is a national asbestos and environmental consultancy with a locally delivered, human approach. We can help you take the right steps in asbestos management – to discuss this with an expert get in touch with me now on 0845 676 9303.
Head of Asbestos Planned Services