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The Common Sense Approach to Asbestos Management

Key Asbestos Legislation



Asbestos awareness training ~ Asbestos awareness refresher training ~ non-licensed asbestos works training ~ non-licensed asbestos removal trainingThe Control of Asbestos Regulations are there to help prevent contractors or maintenance staff from working on asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) without knowing.  I.E.
Prior knowledge allows them to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and to protect others by not contaminating the area.


Regulation 4 “The Duty to Manage”

Regulation 4 applies to all non domestic properties built before 2000 and requires them to ACTIVELY MANAGE their asbestos. The regulation places a duty of care on the property owner or responsible person (The Duty Holder); they should form an Asbestos Management Plan for the ongoing management of their asbestos risks.

This would normally require a Asbestos Management Survey and the findings of which would be used to form an Asbestos Management Plan for the ongoing management of the asbestos.


Regulation 5 “Identification of the presence of Asbestos”

If appropriate information for the scope of work to be undertaken is not available or is not in a reliable form, then before carrying out any work involving the potential disturbance of the fabric of the building the employer should either:

  1. Establish whether the part of the building that is likely to be disturbed contains asbestos, and if so what type. This may require a survey and analysis of representative samples; or
  2. Assume that the part of the building being worked upon contains asbestos and take the precautions outlined in the Regulations for licensed work
I.E. Asbestos Management Surveys or Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys




Regulation 10 “Information, instruction and training”

Every employer must provide suitable training (which includes information and instruction) to employees and their supervisors who are or are liable to disturb asbestos during the course of their work. This should make them aware of (among other things):

The training must be given at regular intervals. It needs to be proportionate to the nature and degree of exposure and so should contain the appropriate level of detail, be suitable to the job, and should use written materials, oral presentation and demonstration as necessary.


There are generally 3 types of asbestos training: