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 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.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Deleterious materials.
- Failure to mention asbestos.
- Managing risks in existing buildings: An overview of UK risk-based legislation for commercial and industrial premises (FB 86).
- Pre-construction information.
- Site records and registers.
- Site survey.
- The risk of asbestos on brownfield sites.
- Technical due diligence.
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