Asbestos Management

Asbestos is a Corporate University matter and is subject to University Policy Statement S2/14.

Estates Services is responsible for maintaining a record of asbestos in the building fabric of the University functional estate. This asbestos register is the result of a survey carried out by a licensed asbestos contractor and/or Estates Services asbestos monitoring surveyors, and includes an assessment of the condition of the materials. Survey results are updated at least annually and amended whenever asbestos is newly discovered, or when it is repaired or removed.

Departments must notify Estates Services where they suspect asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) have been found and the University Safety Office should be consulted if there is doubt over identification.

Asbestos is difficult to identify without laboratory analysis and poor sampling technique may result in uncontrolled release of fibres from ACMs. Only competent persons (e.g. a licensed asbestos contractor, Estates Services asbestos monitoring surveyor, UKAS accredited laboratory, or the University Safety Office) are permitted to take samples for asbestos analysis.

Where the presence of asbestos is known, suspected, discovered, or can be reasonably assumed, compliance with University Safety Policy S2/14 is compulsory. This applies to any person engaged in the project, whether contractor, consultant or member of staff.