Asbestos, a category 1 human carcinogen, is subject to a specific set of Regulations, CAR 2006. These regulations cover work with with asbestos, prohibitions on the importation, supply and use of asbestos, and licensing of asbestos-removal activites.
Regulation 4 of CAR 2006 contains explicit duty on the owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises, who have maintenance and repair responsibilties, to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos. The risk assessment will be used to produce a management plan which details and records what actions to take to manage and reduce the risks from asbestos.
Regulation 5 of CAR 2006 places specific duties on employers stating that they shall not undetake work in demolition, maintenance, or any other work which exposes or is liable to expose his employees to asbestos in respect of any premises unless either -
(a) he has carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment as to whether asbestos, what type of asbestos, contained in what material and in what condition is present or is liable to be present in those premises; or
(b) if there is doubt as to whether asbestos is present in those premises he -
(i) assumes that asbestos is present, and that it is not chrysotile alone, and
(ii) oberves the applicable provisions of these regulations.
In summary duty holders and employers have legal obligations to identify and assess the location and condition of any potential asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within their premises.
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