Asbestos in the workplace
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.
As an employer you have a duty to manage asbestos under regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It requires the person who has the duty (ie the "dutyholder") to:
- Take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in;
- Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not;
- Make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos;
- Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified;
- Prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed;
- Take the necessary steps to put the plan into action;
- Periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date;
- And provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them. There is also a requirement on anyone to co-operate as far as is necessary to allow the dutyholder to comply with the above requirements.
More information on how to manage asbestos can be found on the Health and safety executive website.