Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 imposes a duty to manage Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in non-domestic premises. The duty to manage is imposed on the dutyholder; this is any person who has an obligation to maintain or repair the premises. There could be more than one dutyholder for any one premises and the responsibility extends to all people entering the premises whether occupiers or workers.

In order to manage the potential risk from ACMs in non-domestic premises, the dutyholder must ensure that a suitable and sufficient assessment is carried out as to whether asbestos is or is liable to be present in the premises.

This assessment is usually a management survey which should be carried out by an asbestos surveyor with the necessary qualifications and experience to undertake such a survey. As part of the survey process the surveyor may take samples of products that are suspected to contain asbestos and send them to a laboratory for analysis.

In most instances it is impossible to tell from a visual inspection whether building products contain asbestos due to the minute size of the fibres that are only visible under a microscope.

Non-domestic premises includes the common parts of domestic premises, such as stairways in houses converted into flats.

In the case of owner/occupied domestic properties the duty under the Regulations passes to the workers within a property. However there are so many ACMs used in construction that it is not realistic to expect an individual tradesmen to be aware of the presence of asbestos. Tradesmen particularly at risk are electricians, plumbers and heating engineers. Therefore, if you are having works carried out within your house or flat, it is a very sensible precaution to instruct an asbestos surveyor to undertake a survey.

If you are planning works to an existing non-domestic premises then a refurbishment and demolition survey is required. This need not be for the entire property and can be limited to the area where the works are being undertaken. As the title suggests, this type of survey is commissioned before any building works are undertaken in order to identify the presence of any asbestos containing materials.

A4 Asbestos has undertaken asbestos surveys on a range of non-domestic premises including Bed & Breakfast accommodation; Public Houses; Churches; Village Halls; Community Centres and common parts of shared residential properties as well as offices, shops and industrial buildings.

These properties are situated across our area of operation for asbestos testing and surveys from Weston-super-Mare to Swindon and include buildings in Bristol, Bath, Melksham, Westbury and other towns in Wiltshire.

A4 Asbestos has the qualifications and experience to undertake these surveys on your property, contact Roger Chubb BSc FRICS on 0117 25 91 425 or

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