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What is the Duty to Manage Regulation 4 of CAR 2012?

The Duty to Manage Asbestos is a legal requirement under the control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4). It applies to the owners and occupiers of commercial property (non Domestic) who have a responsibility for Maintenance and repair activities. In addition to these responsibilities, they also have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). If Asbestos is present or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately and the duty applies to the shared parts of the domestic premises.

As a Duty Holder how do i comply

There are four essential steps: 

1. Find out whether the premises contains asbestos, and if so where it is located and what condition it is in and if in doubt then the Materials must be presumed to contain Asbestos

2. Assess the Risk from Asbestos present in the premises

3. Make a plan to manage that risk and Act on it

4. Provide this information to other employees and contractors ( in form of a Asbestos Register) who are likely to disturb any asbestos present in order that they can put in place appropriate controls while the work is being completed.

What is an Asbestos Survey and do i need one

An Asbestos Survey is an effective way to help you manage asbestos in your premises by providing accurate information on the location, extent, type and condition of any asbestos containing materials (ACM).

It is recommended that you arrange a survey if you suspect that ACM are present in your premises however it is good practice to have an asbestos survey carried out so that you can be absolutely sure whether asbestos is present and any potential risk to health of your employees and contractors are reduced and you comply with CAR2012.

The Asbestos Survey can also help to provide you with enough information so that an Asbestos Register, a risk assessment and an Management Plan can be prepared. The survey will usually involve Sampling and analysis to determine the presence of asbestos therefore Asbestos surveys should only be carried out by competent surveyors who can clearly demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and experience and qualifications and you can be rest assured that AsbesteX Ltd are a fully insured and with directly employed BOHS Competent surveying teams that will identify the location of any asbestos containing materials along with the type and condition and provide a comprehensive survey report with full recommendations of any follow up remedial works. All asbestos removal staff is UKATA trained and all up-to-date.

What is an Asbestos Register

The Asbestos Risk Register is a key component of the required plan on how you will manage any asbestos found, or presumed to be, in your building. This management plan must contain current information about the presence and condition of any ACM in the building and needs to be updated regularly when new areas are surveyed and asbestos is located or removed and the register should be maintained as a live document that should be made available at all times to workers entering the area so that they are aware of the location of any ACM. 

How long should you leave ACM Before Reinspection

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require that the condition of ACM must be regularly inspected and records updated accordingly with the frequency of the Asbestos Inspection regime must not exceed 12 months. 

Do i need Asbestos Training

Current Regulations places a legal duty on employers to provide information, instruction and training to any of their employees who are likely to be exposed to asbestos as part of their work and AsbesteX can provide you with UKATA accredited Asbestos Awareness Training for your employees and Contractors or building managers either at your site or a regional venue. Anywhere from Portsmouth to London

Asbestos would be a great building product were it not for the huge asbestos related health risks. It has a high resistance to heat and many chemicals and was the building material of choice in the 1960’s to the mid ’70’s in the UK – before the potentially deadly properties of asbestos were known. During this time asbestos was used for a number of jobs such as; floor tiles, pipe lagging, textured paints (Artex), internal partitions, central heating systems, roofs, gutters, rainwater downpipes, cement cladding, fire protection to structural steelwork, fuse boxes, bitumen products and many, many more.

When asbestos is in good condition, it poses no significant health risks. The danger arises when asbestos is damaged – through bumps and scrapes sustained by any building over the years – or destroyed by cutting, drilling or ripping. When disturbed, asbestos releases airborne fibres which can kill. Individuals working in the building and maintenance trades e.g. builders, plumbers, electricians, cable installers are at greatest risk from asbestos. These people are most likely to work on a building without sufficient knowledge as to where asbestos might be and how to avoid it.

If you are the duty holder for a commercial property you are liable to prosecution. Failure to comply with the new asbestos regulations may also mean that a prohibition notice is placed on your buildings – effectively closing you down until your workplace is confirmed safe.

Yes – but only if you are suitably qualified to do so. The regulations state that the asbestos survey must be carried out by a competent person. AsbesteX Ltd have the necessary experience and qualifications to carry out asbestos surveys safely and competently.

The Asbestos Survey Cost will depend on the size and age of your building. We may be able to quote you over the phone or by email if you have sufficient information (i.e. building plans or measurements). Alternatively we can arrange for a free site visit to provide you with a competitive asbestos survey quotation.

Yes, all of our plain English asbestos reports are written with the building manager in mind. If there’s anything in the asbestos report that you’re not sure about just ask, we’ll be happy to explain. info@asbesteX.co.uk

Definitely, anyone can pull down and remove their own asbestos  shed – however there are serious health implications if not carried out appropriately. Ensure the asbestos is removed such that no fibres are released during the work and also, specialist masks and suits must be worn during the removal

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No, there are two different types of Asbestos Survey: Management Survey (formally Type 1 and Type 2 Asbestos Survey) – Its purpose is to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building.Refurbishment and Demolition Survey (formally Type 3 Asbestos Survey) – A refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out.The type of Asbestos Survey most appropriate will be dependent on client/property specific requirements and will be established during the survey planning phase.

It depends but it normally start from £500

Yes, all of our plain English asbestos reports are written with the building manager in mind. If there’s anything in the asbestos report that you’re not sure about just ask, we’ll be happy to explain. info@asbesteX.co.uk

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