Under Environmental Protection Agency regulations, any material containing more than 1 percent asbestos. There are different regulatory requirements depending on whether the ACM is friable or nonfriable.
HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Richard Bishop, commenting on the case, said: "A survey had been carried out in 2001 which identified asbestos containing materials. This information was not acted upon and no-one who worked in the plant room was made aware.
Jill Pearshouse, a solicitor at Lichfield-based Keelys, says there is already huge demand for these sur-veyors who will determine whether asbestos containing materials can be undisturbed and sealed in or whether they must be removed and disposed of by properly accredited contractors.
Owners, occupiers and those responsible for the management of non-domestic property that may contain asbestos-containing material have a legal responsibility to manage the risk of asbestos containing materials, or to cooperate with those responsible for managing the risk.