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Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 was introduced to incorporate the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations, the Asbestos (Prohibition) Regulations 1985 and the Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983 under one roof. The regulations place a duty on any non-domestic premises dutyholder to identify and manage any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) within the building.


The general use of Crocidolite (blue) asbestos was voluntarily banned in 1970. The first prohibition enforceable by law was the Asbestos (Prohibition) Regulations 1985 which banned the import and use of Crocidolite (blue) and Amosite (brown) asbestos. The regulations were amended in 1999 to ban the use and import of Chrysotile (white) asbestos, in order to comply with Directive 1999/77/EU. Any building built before 2000 is subject to the regulations.

Key dutyholder CAR 2006 regulations:

The key regulations to dutyholders for Control of Asbestos Regulation 2006 compliance are:

Regulation 4: Duty to Manage

There is a duty to manage the asbestos within any non-domestic premises for whoever has control of the building. The dutyholder has to take reasonable steps to find out if there are Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) within the premises, and if so where they are, how much, and what condition they are in. An asbestos management survey will present the finding of an inspection to gain these details and recommend solutions based on risk score. Unless there is full documentation as to what was used in the construction of the premises an asbestos management survey will be required. Before works are carried out, the information on ACMs must be ascertained and provided to anyone who may be required to work on, or disturb and of these materials present.

Regulation 5: Identifying the presence of asbestos

This regulation requires that no employer carried out demolition, maintenance or any other work which exposes or may expose, their employees to asbestos in any premises unless they have found out first: if ACMs maybe or are present; if so, what type of asbestos is present and in what materials and in what condition these are in. If there is any doubt about the presence of asbestos the employer must assume it is present and that it is not only "white asbestos".

Regulation 7: Planning work

This regulation requires that no work is carried out where asbestos is present unless a written plan on work detailing how such work is to be carried out is created first. This plan needs to clearly state how the work is to be carried out, detailing how any waste is going to be removed and how the employer will make sure that the work is done in the way the plan says it should be.

Regulation 8/9: Licensing and notification of work

These regulations require, where any work is not capable of being defined as "sporadic and of low intensity", that it is only carried out by a licensed asbestos contractor and that the proposed work is notified to the HSE. Generally any works that involve asbestos insulation, asbestos coatings or asbestos insulating board require a license.

Regulation 10: Information, instruction and training

This regulation introduces a new element to the legislation, the requirement that employers provide any employees who are or who might be exposed to asbestos with information and instruction about matters such as:

  • The properties of asbestos, its effects and even the interaction between asbestos and smoking
  • The types of materials present that are likely to contain asbestos
  • What working practices could cause asbestos to be released and why it is important that this doesn't happen
  • How the work to be carried out can be done safely and the equipment that is needed
  • The waste handling procedures
  • The emergency procedures that may be required for all foreseeable circumstances

The appropriate training must be given at regular intervals and reflect the nature of the work being undertaken. The levels of detail required in this training should be suitable to the tasks involved in the job role and proportionate to the risk of exposure. It is important if you use if your use contractors that you challenge that those individuals working on your site have been given the appropriate training, instructions and information. Don't forget although you can delegate the works to a contractor the responsibilities still ultimately rest with those in control of the premises.

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