Sarah Mallagh, head of the Health and Safety Executive's Asbestos Unit, runs through the different types of asbestos, where it can be found, and the diseases (such as mesothelioma and lung cancer) that are caused by breathing in asbestos fibres.

We are reminded of the overarching laws, codes of practice and guides that relate to asbestos in the built environment before moving on to Regulation 4 in the aforementioned 2006 Regs.

The remainder of the programme focuses on the duty holder's responsibilities to the building's occupants and to any external building contractors that may undertake work on or in it. We also learn the subtle differences between an asbestos survey and an inspection.

About the contributor

Sarah Mallagh is Principal Inspector of Health and Safety at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). She joined the HSE in 1989 and has worked as an inspector across a wide range of industries, including engineering, food, printing, construction and domestic gas safety. She has also acted as a policy advisor, drafting legislation and preparing the HSE's supporting guidance. She currently leads the asbestos policy team with overall responsibility for the implementation of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

RIBA CPDDisclaimer: NBS TV programmes are the intellectual property of RIBA Enterprises and it shall be a breach of this right to copy, or in any way exploit commercially or show in public any of the programmes without the express permission of RIBA Enterprises.
The information contained in the programmes is not intended and accordingly shall not be relied upon either as a substitute for professional advice or judgement or to provide legal or other advice with respect to any particular circumstance. RIBA Enterprises accepts no responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the information contained in the programmes.