The duty to manage asbestos legislation was introduced on 21st May 2004. This duty is not only limited to an asbestos survey but the legislation is specific to the safe management of asbestos through the implementation of a vigorous asbestos management process.
REC works closely with clients to ensure they fulfil their requirements in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations. To assist the duty holder (or representative) to management the asbestos containing materials held within their buildings or estate by implementing a robust plan ensuring the potential danger of asbestos can be kept to an absolute minimum.
Duty holders are required to ensure that:
- reasonable steps are taken to find materials in premises likely to contain asbestos and to check their condition;
- materials are presumed to contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not;
- a written record of the location and condition of asbestos and/or presumed Asbestos Containing Materials is made and that the record is kept up to date;
- the risk of anyone being exposed to these materials is assessed;
- a written plan to manage that risk is prepared and that the plan is put into effect to make sure that:
- any material known or presumed to contain asbestos is kept in a good state of repair;
- any material that contains or is presumed to contain asbestos is, because of the risks associated with its location or condition, repaired and adequately protected or, if it is in a vulnerable position and cannot be adequately repaired or protected, it is removed;
- information on the location and condition of the material is given to anyone who is liable to disturb it or is otherwise potentially at risk.
A written (electronic or paper) management plan should be prepared.
The management plan should set out how the risks identified from asbestos will be managed. Details should include:
- identifying the person(s) responsible for managing the asbestos risk;
- a copy of the asbestos record or register and how to access it if it is kept electronically;
Instructions that any work on the fabric of the building cannot start without the relevant parts of the record/register being checked. The plan should include details for how this will be achieved. In particular, the plan should identify the procedures and arrangements to make sure:
- the record/register is checked in good time before the work starts;
- checks will be made that the information on the presence of asbestos has been understood and will be taken into account;
- checks will be made that the correct controls will be used and that competent asbestos-trained contractors will carry out the work;
REC can create bespoke plans and procedures to ensure our clients’ requirements are fulfilled in accordance with asbestos management regulations.
Asbestos Management Services
- Asbestos expert witness
- Provision of asbestos project management
- Asbestos smoke test witness
- Leakage testing during asbestos removal work
- Creation of specifications for tender packages
- Quotation reviews
- Independently managing the Asbestos Removal process