Asbestos Guide for Clients

Anybody who manages, owns, occupies or is responsible for premises that may contain asbestos has:


Legal duties to manage any asbestos risk.


Duty to communicate with whoever is responsible for managing the risk.

The 2012 CAR (Control of Asbestos Regulations) – Regulation 4 in particular (managing asbestos in non-domestic buildings) replaced the previous CAWR 2002 (Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations) – and CAR 2006.

These changes in the regulations impose a duty of care on both employers and building owners, to monitor and manage the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

Where can I find out if I conform to the new legislation?

Through an asbestos survey, RH Benwell & Associates will assess any potential risk and look at asbestos materials within your building. Once surveyed, we will enable you to manage any risk that may be present. All asbestos products identified, as being of sound condition can remain in the building. RH Benwell & Associates can assist with setting up this plan – enabling you to become self-monitored and saving your company consultancy fees in the future.

Finding out if your building contains asbestos?

The most effective way to find out if your building contains asbestos is to have a survey carried out. There is a technical advice document developed by the HSE (HSG264) which explains methods to assist you in discovering hazardous materials – enabling you to achieve the required compliance of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR).

A professional and competent surveyor registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ensures that you will have a competent and qualified Surveyor undertaking your survey work. Another guarantee of professionalism is our Professional Indemnity Insurance.