The control of asbestos regulations 2012 apply to all work with asbestos, and lay out the requirements for:
- Management of asbestos in domestic and commercial properties.
- Notifiable and Licensed work with asbestos.
- Requirements for information, instruction, training and supervision.
- Requirement to carry out a risk assessment and formulate an asbestos management plan.
The regulations aim to protect everyone from being exposed to asbestos fibres. Employers and those in-charge of premises must:
- Identify any asbestos on the premises .
- Assess the current state of the asbestos, and how it may be affected by any work being carried out.
- Ensure that persons who may disturb asbestos are informed of its location and condition.
- Manage the asbestos by having it removed, or protecting it from damage, and monitoring its condition.
- Follow the site rules and procedures.
- Stop work and report to your supervisor if you suspect asbestos.
- Protect yourself and your workmates from being expose to asbestos.
The regulations apply to:
- All non-domestic premises.
- Common areas of domestic premises such as entrances, stairwells etc.
Domestic premises are not directly affected. However, a manager on a refurb project would still have a duty to protect their employees and sub-contractors from exposure to asbestos.