Owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises who have maintenance and repair responsibilities have an explicit duty to assess and manage the risks from any asbestos present within their premises.
The requirements for duty holders can be summarise as follows.
In order to meet their responsibilities the duty holder will need to keep and maintain written records or all asbestos risks within their premises. The records should contain the location, condition and status of all SCMs or presumed ACMs. This is particularly important as the Health and Safety at Work act requires all employers to ensure employees, tenants or other third parties will not be put at risk from exposure to ACMs within the premises or place of work. This duty of care is nearly impossible without the maintenance of records which are easy to access and understand by anyone working within the premise.
Builders and construction workers are particularly at risk from asbestos due to the nature of their work. During a building refurbishment or demolition previously unknown asbestos can be disturbed or exposed with the associated risks to any personnel working nearby. Site specific asbestos surveys should be carried out before any work commences and a full asbestos survey report made available to any companies bidding.
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HSG264 - Responsibilities of duty holders