When it comes to asbestos testing and asbestos surveys Housing Authorities have standards to maintain in major refurbishment programmes such as those being undertaken to meet the Decent Homes standard or similar such capital projects where local authorities, housing associations and social housing management companies are the client under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM). However, the principles contained within it are equally applicable to routine refurbishment/ maintenance work across all housing sectors.

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) may be present in many locations within domestic premises. Some of the commonest include airing cupboards, bath or similar panels and heating systems. Under CDM, clients have to comply with certain duties in relation to asbestos. These duties are not transferable and cannot be delegated to a managing agent or principal contractor.

The specific ‘duty to manage’ requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 does not apply to any domestic property. However the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 require employers to ensure the health and safety of employees and others so far as reasonably practicable. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also require employers to assess the health and safety risks to third parties, such as workers carrying out work in the premises and tenants, who may be affected by activities connected with their business and to make appropriate arrangements to protect them from this.

We are able to advise you on the best way to manage the asbestos testing on your properties and deliver a wide range of testing and survey work to ensure your tenants are safe from asbestos.

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