As a commercial property owner of premises leased or rented to a business, if you identify asbestos-containing material then you are responsible for managing the asbestos (including plant) that is under your management or control, so far as is reasonably practicable.This includes ensuring all asbestos and suspected asbestos is documented in your asbestos register.

If the asbestos is in good condition and left undisturbed, it is usually safer to leave it fixed or installed and review its condition over time provided it is unlikely that asbestos fibres will be released into the air and the risk to health is extremely low.The presence and location of identified asbestos must be clearly indicated, and if reasonably practicable, the indication is by labelling.

If the asbestos has deteriorated, been disturbed or if asbestos-contaminated dust is present the likelihood that airborne asbestos fibres will be released into the air is increased. If there is a risk of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, you must control the risk by, for example, removing the asbestos. In circumstances where asbestos is removed you need to update your asbestos register.

Follow the steps below tomanage asbestos on your premises.