Asbestos has been used in fire resistance applications, such as crematoriums, for centuries but was first used in building and construction as far back as the late 1800’s. Extensive usage occurred within the construction of buildings, between the late 1940’s until the mid 1970’s. However, some asbestos products were still being installed in buildings as late as 1999.

Legislation is based on a new duty to manage asbestos, The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012). This new regulation gives specific guidance on who the duty holder is and their responsibilities. Principally the duty holder must find out the location and quantity of all asbestos materials in their building and the condition of that asbestos must also be assessed.