What are my duties relating to asbestos?

If you are an employer, you already have a legal duty to prevent the exposure of your employees to asbestos under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. A new explicit duty to manage asbestos in buildings under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 which came into effect…
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What type of materials might contain asbestos?

You are most likely to come across asbestos in these materials: sprayed asbestos and asbestos loose packing generally used as fire breaks in ceiling voids; moulded lagging generally used in thermal insulation of pipes and boilers; insulating boards used for fire protection and thermal insulating; asbestos cement products, which are usually semi-compressed or corrugated, e.g…
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How would I recognise asbestos in my building?

It is impossible to tell whether a material contains asbestos just by looking at it. This can only be confirmed by analysis of a sample in a laboratory. However, there are typical uses for it which will help in locating possible 'asbestos containing materials' (ACMs). ACMs are more likely to be present in buildings constructed…
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