What are my employer's responsibilities?

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the vast majority of employers working with asbestos will need a licence.

Whether or not a licence is required, your employer must carry out an asbestos risk assessment and record their findings before any work is carried out. Your employer's asbestos risk assessment must:

  • identify the type of asbestos;
  • identify the nature and level of your likely exposure;
  • aim to reduce or eliminate any exposure to risk; and
  • include arrangements to monitor exposure.

You must be given a copy of the workplan that your employer is required to produce.

Your employer must provide you with full training and information if there is any risk of exposure to asbestos.

You should not work with any asbestos product unless your employer is a licensed asbestos remover.

You should not work with any asbestos product unless you have received adequate information, training and protection from your employer.

You are entitled to your training record and to the results of any air monitoring, face fit testing (for ensuring you are wearing a mask that provides adequate protection for asbestos respiratory PPE), and your health record.

The Regulations contain a statutory 'duty to manage' asbestos, directed at those people (including employers) who manage non-domestic premises, i.e. the people with responsibility for protecting individuals working in the premises, as well as members of the public, from the risk of exposure to asbestos.

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