An Introduction to Asbestos. Are you aware of your responsibilities?

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An Introduction to Asbestos. Are you aware of your responsibilities?

On October 19th we hosted a free seminar ‘An Introduction to Asbestos’ with Adam Harding from ADM Training which provided our clients (building owners, occupiers, developers, designers and contractors) an insight into Asbestos, and an understanding of their responsibilities for the identification and management of materials. 


Following the seminar Craig and Adam discuss the key questions our clients ask:


Q: So firstly can you tell me actually what Asbestos is?

A: Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral extracted from the ground and used because of its desirable characteristics including strength, heat and chemical resistance. Evidence of its use goes back as far as the Greeks and Romans.


Q: Where are we likely to find asbestos today?

A: In the UK it can be found mainly in buildings that were built or refurbished before 2000, those built between 1945 and 1985 are the greatest risk.


Q: What are the health implications of being exposed to asbestos?

A: In most cases the consequences of exposures through inhalation are not seen for between 16 and 60 years. They can include Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and other benign conditions. The HSE report over 5,000 deaths occur annually in the UK.


Q: How is the use of asbestos regulated.

A: Asbestos is no longer allowed to be used in the UK but there is still many buildings with asbestos present. There are an number of pieces of legislation requiring us to manage the risk of asbestos the main one being The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012; ACoP L143 (2nd edition)


Q: What can property owners do to reduce the risk of asbestos?

A: Under Regulation 4: The Duty to Manage Asbestos in non-domestic premises, people in control of the buildings with maintenance and repair responsibilities are required to identify the presence of asbestos often through undertaking a survey, assess the risks and put steps in place to manage the materials. It is also important that this information is shared with anyone who may be at risk of disturbing the materials.


Q: So who need to be trained on asbestos?

A: Since 2006 it has been a requirement that anyone who works on the fabric of buildings built prior to the year 2000, including anything from basic maintenance to large scale refurbishment complete a minimum of Asbestos Awareness training. This also includes anyone who may supervise influence or instruct the work.


Following the success of this seminar, we are launching a series of seminars aimed at building owners, developers, occupiers, designers and contractors covering key issues you face. If you have any questions on this or any other Real Estate issues please contact Craig

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