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Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 the University has a legal duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises.

The University has taken all reasonable steps to identify materials in premises likely to contain asbestos and have assessed the risk of anyone being exposed.

The University are obliged to make sure that any material known or presumed to contain asbestos is kept in a good state of repair and that any material that contains or is presumed to contain asbestos is, because of the risks associated with its location or condition, repaired or if necessary removed. The Property Management Performance Team is responsible for the day to day management of the asbestos existing in and around the University premises.

Asbestos must be respected, but need not be feared. You can only be exposed to the risk of inhaling asbestos if it is damaged or disturbed and fibres are released into your breathing zone. Asbestos in good condition should be left in place.

Staff and Students have a role to play in the Management of asbestos. They must avoid drilling, cutting, or in any other way interfering with the fabric of the buildings. They should maintain an awareness of the potential presence of asbestos within the workplace and report any material they suspect has been damaged or is in poor condition to the University Property Management Performance Team Help Desk (0161 247 1280), or the University Health and Safety Unit (tel. 0161 247 3317).