Asbestos in the workplace
If you are a commercial or industrial property owner or manager, then the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR2012) imparts on you a legal duty to manage asbestos levels and ACM’s (Asbestos Containing Materials) at those premises.
While the everyday management of asbestos can be carried out in-house or outsourced to a management company, the legal duty cannot be delegated. The property owner remains ultimately responsible for ensuring that any appointed persons are competent to fulfil the responsibilities they face in meeting this duty.
We have seen that commercial property owners are particularly at risk of being taken advantage of by asbestos surveyors and management companies offering poor advice. It is worth checking that the recommendations you have been given are absolutely necessary before you commit to any expense. Our policy at Meyer Environmental Ltd. is to provide clear advice to help the client save money, not to offer remedial actions to make us money.
If you are responsible for maintenance on the building, you are classified as the Duty Holder and it is your responsibility to create an asbestos management plan for the building
The first step of this is a Management Survey. Please note that you simply cannot say ‘We don’t have any asbestos in here, so I don’t need one’. We have seen numerous prosecutions over the years from building owners using this theory and inevitably they are wrong.
We recommend that you engage professionals such as us to conduct an asbestos survey, and have us provide you with a full report and recommendations.