HSE launches campaign to raise awareness of asbestos legal duties

The Health and Safety Executive have launched a new ‘Your Duty’ campaign to raise awareness of the legal duties of managing asbestos in the building.

The campaign targets those responsible for managing asbestos (dutyholders), raising awareness of the dangers and to set out clear guidance for those in charge.

Dutyholders could be a landlord, building owner or the person or organisation with clear responsibility for the building’s maintenance or repair.

Any buildings in Great Britain that were built or refurbished before 2000 may contain asbestos. Asbestos was completely banned in 1999.

Asbestos can become dangerous when disturbed or damaged. However, people who work in or visit buildings containing asbestos will not be exposed to asbestos if it is properly managed.

The Duty to manage asbestos ensures workers and building users are protected from the risks of exposure to asbestos. It applies to a range of non-domestic buildings, including premises like factories, warehouses, offices and shops; and public buildings like hospitals, schools, premises used for religious worship, museums and libraries.

HSE – Your Duty

Visit the link above to help identify if you have a legal duty to manage asbestos.

HSE provide guidance which includes:

  • What the legal duty is and the steps required to comply with the law
  • Who the dutyholder is, depending on the type of building etc, and what they must do.

Steps Include:

  • Checking to see if you have the duty to manage asbestos
  • Find out if asbestos is present in your building
  • Arrange an asbestos survey
  • Make a register and assess the risk
  • Write an asbestos management plan and monitor it
  • Put your plan into action
  • Provide information to anyone who might disturb asbestos

Or simply contact AXIOM Building Solutions today and we can help and provide these services every step of the way.

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