Helping you manage an asbestos-free business property
If you run a commercial establishment, small or large, you should know your property needs to checked for asbestos by law. CAR 2012 applies to owners and occupiers of all non domestic premises who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities. The responsibility to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Why conduct asbestos surveys and testing?
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) were introduced in 2006 and revised in 2012 to control or remove the risk of ACMs
If asbestos is present or presumed to be present then it must be managed appropriately
The HSE enforce this regulation and will expect you to have an asbestos register should they pay a visit to your premises
The penalties for non-compliance with these regulations can be extremely severe
An asbestos survey is recommended to be carried out by a suitably qualified surveyor trained to BOHS P402 standards
After the survey has been completed, a report, asbestos register and management plan can be issued showing all areas where ACMs are present so that ACMs are being properly managed as required by law
Prevent hefty asbestos penalties
It is your duty to assess the presence and conditions of any asbestos containing materials in your business premises.
If ACMs are present, or presumed to be present, the issue must be managed properly. Failure to do this can result in an unlimited fine and/or a prison sentence.
Hefty fines for the failure to manage asbestos
The FPB warns that UK businesses run the risk of being heavily fined if they fail to properly implement an ‘Asbestos Register and Management Plan.’
The Forum of Private Business’ Chief Executive Nick Goulding says that critical changes were made to health and safety law in 2012, including tough new regulations on asbestos management, which carry heavy fines.
“The Health and Safety Executive will expect businesses to have discovered if their premises contain asbestos, and if they do, businesses must have assessed the risk of the asbestos being present and must have made a plan to manage that risk.” The asbestos regulations cover all non-domestic buildings, whatever type of business is carried out in them. It is crucial to point out that if your business occupies a building, whether you own it or not, you are responsible for managing any ACMs within the property.”