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It is estimated that over 500,000 non-domestic buildings built before the year 2000 still contain asbestos materials. Read on to find out what your responsibilities as a business owner are to protect your employees and the public from asbestos containing materials. Why managing asbestos is a priority An estimated 4,000 cancer deaths in Britain each year are attributable to past exposure to asbestos fibres, and the death rate from mesothelioma continues to increase. Best estimates are that there are one or two asbestos related lung cancers for each mesothelioma. Due to the 30-40 year average latency period between the exposure