Do you manage buildings? - then you must manage asbestos
Workers who carry out maintenance and repair of buildings are still particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos, as hundreds of thousands of commercial buildings still contain asbestos (along with many residential premises). If the building was constructed before 2000, it can be assumed that asbestos could be present.
If it is your responsibility to manage the maintenance / repair of a building, you have a legal duty to manage any asbestos in it, under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
This is applicable to all non-domestic premises and to communal areas of residential rented buildings.
Your legal duty is about protecting yourself and others from being exposed to asbestos by managing the asbetsos properly. Asbestos can be left in place and managed if in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed. It is not always necessary to pay for potentially expensive asbestos removal. Further advice on managing asbestos in premises can be found on the HSE website.
Pattinson Scientific Services would be happy to discuss any aspect of managing asbestos in premises and any other asbestos service required - feel free to contact us at any time.