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Managing Asbestos in Commercial Properties

Owning or managing a commercial property comes with its set of responsibilities, and one of the crucial ones is managing asbestos. Here's a simplified guide to help you navigate these regulations:

Who's Responsible?

If you're a landlord, tenant, or managing agent, you might be in charge of handling asbestos in the property. However, always refer to your lease or contract to determine the exact responsibilities.

Steps to Take:

  • Check Your Lease: Ensure you know who's accountable for asbestos management.

  • Locate the Asbestos: Consider hiring an external accredited surveyor for an asbestos survey.

  • Document Everything: Analyse the material, and maintain a record of the findings.

  • Assess the Risks: Conduct a health and safety risk evaluation.

  • Inform Relevant Parties: Share your findings with those who might interact with the asbestos area, like construction workers.

  • Maintain or Act: Keep asbestos-containing materials in top condition, or opt to seal or remove them.

Finding the Right Help

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) can assist you in locating a certified surveyor and testing lab.

The Consequences of Non-compliance:

  • Minor Breaches: You could be slapped with a fine up to £20,000 or face imprisonment for up to a year.

  • Major Breaches: In severe cases, there's a possibility of an unlimited fine and/or a jail term of up to 2 years.

A Note for Special Properties

If you own derelict or vacant properties, including warehouses, you're still required to conduct an asbestos survey.


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