In our summer 2012 edition of building blocks we focused on the regulation of asbestos and what the rules mean for clients, consultants and contractors.  A recent illustration of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) in practice is the case of Sherborne School in Dorset.  The School has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay £13,000 costs at Dorchester Crown Court for a breach of regulation 4(8).

Regulation 4(8) says that where an asbestos assessment shows that asbestos is or is liable to be present in any part of the premises the dutyholder should ensure that (a) a determination of the risk from that asbestos is made; (b)a written plan identifying those parts of the premises concerned is prepared; and (c) the measures which are to be taken for managing the risk are specified in the written plan.