The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement within the regulations aimed at persons who are responsible for premises. They must have identified where, if any, asbestos is located in the premises and draw up a plan for managing it. This is often a shared duty between landlords and tenants and you should check your contract if you have any doubt. Whilst it is feasible to assume that all materials could contain asbestos and proceed on that basis, most organisations will seek the advice of a competent surveyor to locate and assess any asbestos containing material for them.
A survey of the premises is usually the starting place for any assessment of the risks posed by asbestos. Samples may be taken and sent for confirmation at a laboratory where the surveyor suspects asbestos may exist. Once asbestos is either suspected or confirmed to be present then an assessment of the risks it poses may be made and appropriate action taken. This many include removing it but can equally include encapsulating it to prevent degradation or simply leaving it be and ensuring it is suitably labelled.
The decisions for action taken form part of the management plan for asbestos in that premises. Implementing that plan and making sure that it is effective is the final part of the duty to manage asbestos.
All work with asbestos should be considered as dangerous and guidance from the HSE followed on how to protect yourself and others. However, some work can legally only be undertaken by contractors licenced by the HSE and this includes most asbestos removal work. The HSE provide an accessible list of licenced contractors.
If you are a licenced contractor looking to notify us of upcoming work then please email your completed ASB5 form and licence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whilst not a requirement of notification, we would also ask that you provide a copy of your proposed method statement for the intended works.
From 6 April 2012 there is a new category of works that may be undertaken by non-licenced individuals/companies that still requires notification to the enforcing authority. Those undertaking such work also have some new additional legal requirements.
Details on what consistutes notifiable non-licenced work and the additional requirements are available from the HSE website.
If you wish to notify us of work under this category then please use the online notification form from the HSE website.