Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 in the UK has set clear duties for the landlords and tenants regarding identification and disposing of asbestos. A landlord is responsible if the tenancy agreement mentions the landlord to be in charge of the maintenance of the premises and fulfilling statutory requirements. Otherwise, the tenant will be responsible for asbestos removal.
A person who is responsible for the maintenance of the premises is known as the duty holder, according to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The duty holder is required to carry out a survey for identification of asbestos containing materials (ACM). In this regard, the duty holder must create an asbestos management plan, which we will discuss in this article.
Asbestos Management Plan: An Overview
An asbestos management plan is a document that identifies all actual — or assumed — places containing ACM. The person responsible for the repairs of the premises must prepare this document. It is required in the following cases:
- If the building was constructed or refurbished before the year 2000,
- If asbestos has been identified during an inspection,
- If asbestos is likely to be present at the premises.
The asbestos management plan should be presented to a contractor before commencing repair or renovation work. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) in the UK has mandated that all employers keep a record of the management plan at the workplace. While maintaining the register is optional for the residential tenants, it’s nonetheless important for their own safety.
Objectives and Content of the Plan
The aim of keeping the asbestos management plan is to identify and reduce the risk posed by the asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can cause deadly diseases including lung cancer on long term exposure.
In order to mitigate the risk of asbestos exposure the ‘duty holder’ is required to keep an asbestos management register. The plan should contain the following information:
- Asbestos location — identified and presumed
- Date when asbestos was identified
- Decisions regarding management and control of asbestos risk
- Outline procedures for incidents involving asbestos exposure
Employers are required to review the register every five years or when asked by the health and safety standards (HSR) in the UK. It must also be updated after asbestos removal. The register must be handed over to the new management when there is a restructuring.
Why Contact Asbestos Removal Contractors?
Contacting licensed asbestos removal contractors is the first step in preparing an asbestos management plan. The contractors can conduct a comprehensive survey for identifying asbestos containing materials at the premises.
Both employers and residential tenants can benefit from the services of a licensed asbestos removal contractor. The results of the survey will help in adding details to the management plan regarding location and condition of the asbestos. It can also help mitigate the risk of asbestos exposure.
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