The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations not only applies to the asbestos from industry, but also to employers whose activities may result in exposure to Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) by virtue of demolition, repair, refurbishment etc to employees and others. Suitable and appropriate health surveillance measures may be necessary.
Duty holders must carry out a risk assessment of their premises and produce an Asbestos Register that indicates the presence, type and condition of any ACM within their building. This should be communicated to all staff and contractors whose activities may disturb the ACM. The organisation should have a documented plan of all of the "management" aspects of asbestos, taking into account the condition, identification, quantity, maintenance, removal of ACM’s It is when asbestos is disturbed that it becomes a potential health risk (from inhaling the fibres).
Only competent persons should be allowed to manage the process. Should a survey be required, this must be completed by a licensed Organisation/Consultant. Similarly, it is recommended that only licensed contractors be employed where work is required, e.g. repair, removal and carriage to disposal sites. Risk Assessments and Method Statements must always be undertaken and provided.
Training and consultation with the workforce when work is to take place is equally a prime requirement.