Most UK employers are still doing nothing to stem the risks of asbestos in the workplace, despite new legal requirements

They could face huge compensation claims, according to new research. The Control of Asbestos at Work Act 2002 requires businesses to exercise a duty of care, and have plans in place to manage the risk of asbestos on their premises. However, commercial insurance broker UK & Ireland Insurance Services, said that 83% of 500 companies surveyed had no plans in place to deal with the associated risks.

The firm suggests a five point checklist for employers.

- Find out where, if any, asbestos is located, how much there is, and what condition it is in.
- Keep an up-to-date record of the above information, ie an asbestos register.
- Presume that any materials identified contain asbestos unless strong evidence proves otherwise.
- Notify all parties likely to be exposed to asbestos-related risk.
- Prepare, implement and periodically review a plan to manage asbestos in the premises.