What is the ‘duty to manage’ asbestos and who has it?
The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (Regulation 4). It applies to the owners and occupiers of commercial premises (such as shops, offices, industrial units etc) who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities. In addition to these responsibilities, they also have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately. The duty also applies to the shared parts of some domestic premises.
Comprehensive advice on the duty to manage asbestos, including a step-by-step guide to help you manage asbestos in your buildings, can be found [here](http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/campaign/duty.htm).