Last edited 08 Aug 2017

Asbestos register

Asbestos was completely banned in the UK in 1999, however, refurbishment, alteration and demolition projects continue to be affected by asbestos, and it remains the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4) creates a legal duty to manage asbestos. If asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately. This includes making and keeping an up-to-date record of the location and condition of materials which are presumed to contain asbestos and preparing a management plan that sets out how the risks from these materials will be managed.

An asbestos survey provides accurate information about the location, amount and type of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). It will identify:

  • The location of any ACMs.
  • The type of asbestos they contain.
  • The condition of the materials.

The findings of a survey should be detailed in a survey report, which can then be used to help prepare an asbestos register (or asbestos risk register), a key component of the management plan.

An asbestos register should detail:

  • Where the material is.
  • What the material is.
  • How much there is.
  • Whether there is a surface coating.
  • What condition it is in.
  • How easy it is to access.
  • The type of asbestos.
  • A score for the material.
  • A priority score.
  • Any other comments.

The asbestos register will need to be updated at least once a year, and must be available to those who plan or initiate maintenance and related work, so it can be consulted before any work is authorised. It can be kept as a paper or electronic record and should be easily accessible.

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