Asbestos - Managing Asbestos: Your New Legal Duties

Managing asbestos - your new legal duties

2004.

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Why another regulation?

Up to 500 000 commercial, industrial and public buildings in the UK are likely to contain asbestos materials. Unless this material is properly managed, building and maintenance workers may breathe in harmful asbestos fibres when carrying out everyday jobs.

What buildings are affected?

All non-domestic buildings, whatever type of business is carried out in them. It also covers the common areas of residential rented properties, including halls, stair wells, lift shafts and roof spaces.

Who is responsible?

The dutyholder is anyone responsible for maintaining and repairing all or part of a property, or who has control of the building. For example, the occupier or the owner.

Will the regulation affect me?

If you control or have information about the building, you must co-operate with the dutyholder. For instance, landlords must pass on relevant information to new tenants, and leaseholders must allow access for inspection by managing agents.

When will this come into effect?

Although the regulation doesnt become law until 21 May 2004, you need to start work now on managing the risk from asbestos to save lives later.

Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 creates a new legal duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises.

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