Evaluation of the Duty to Manage Asbestos
Exposure to asbestos is one of the major causes of occupationally related death from ill-health. To help protect workers from future exposure, the HSE has introduced an explicit Duty to Manage asbestos in non-domestic premises, by including this in the control of Asbestos Regulations (2002).
This research evaluates the impact of this duty so far. Specifically, the research aims to:
- establish levels of compliance with the Duty
- establish the extent to which compliance by dutyholders has brought about improved work practices among maintenance workers
- re-assess the assumptions made in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) which accompanied the introduction of the Regulations about costs/benefits of the duty
- identify/investigate factors influencing dutyholders' compliance with the Duty and examine any barriers to compliance
- determine the proportion of non-domestic and domestic rented premises which contain asbestos and the rate at which this is being removed.
The findings are based on a survey of 1,000 dutyholders, a survey of 500 maintenance workers, face-to-face interviews with dutyholders and maintenance workers, and 20 site visits.