Asbestos is a dangerous material that was widely used in construction until the 1980s, when it was found to cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. Despite being banned in the UK in the year 1999, it can still be found in many buildings constructed before this time.
Asbestos can be present in a range of buildings from schools and hospitals to offices and homes so its essential for building managers to be aware of its presence to reduce any risk to people using the building. This is where asbestos surveys and management come in.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire are a reliable and trusted asbestos survey company based in Hampshire, serving clients across the South East of England. They are dedicated to providing top-quality asbestos management solutions that are affordable, efficient and, above all, fully compliant with the latest UK health and safety laws.
Their team of professionals consists of fully qualified and experienced asbestos surveyors, who carry out comprehensive asbestos surveys to identify the location, type, and condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in a building.
An asbestos survey is a formal inspection of a building, carried out by a fully qualified asbestos surveyor, to identify the location, type, and condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) present. This survey will help identify any potential risks of exposure to asbestos, and is necessary if you are planning work on a building, whether it is a refurbishment, demolition, or maintenance work.
The survey will include a thorough inspection of the premises, including hard-to-reach areas such as ducts, ceiling voids, and underfloor spaces. Samples of suspected ACMs will be taken to be analysed in a laboratory to confirm their presence and type.
Asbestos management is crucial for the safety of all individuals using the premises. The purpose of asbestos management is to ensure that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are safely managed, or removed as necessary, to minimize any risk of exposure.
Asbestos management surveys are necessary in all non-domestic properties. The duty holder under the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 has a legal responsibility to manage the risks from asbestos in a building.
An asbestos management survey is a detailed inspection of a building or a part of a building. It is carried out to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any ACMs in the premises.
The survey provides enough identifiable data for an asbestos register to be prepared, which records the asbestos locations and preferred actions for each ACM. This survey should identify ACMs that are readily accessible, and may be disturbed during normal occupancy, maintenance, refurbishment, or demolition of a building.
Ensure that you comply with the regulations concerning asbestos management, as failure to do so could result in severe fines and, worse, pose a risk to the health of individuals.
If there is any asbestos in a building where work is to be carried out, then the control measures highlighted in the survey report need to be taken into account when planning any work. Contractors are required, under the regulations, to identify potential asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that may be disturbed during the work; to communicate to those carrying out the work, the relevant information contained in the asbestos survey, and provide access to the survey report.
So, yes contractors do need to see the asbestos survey report to ensure they understand what asbestos is present and how to manage it safely during the work.
If you are planning to carry out any sort of work on a building, and you are not sure whether an asbestos survey has been conducted, you should request one. If a survey has already been conducted, but you cannot access the survey report, then it is your legal right to request it from the duty holder under CAR Regulations 2012.
Working on a building that contains asbestos can be very dangerous, so its important to ensure that you comply with the relevant health and safety regulations. A comprehensive asbestos survey and management survey will provide you with the information you need to manage any asbestos safely.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, their team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos surveyors are dedicated to providing professional, affordable, and effective asbestos management solutions. They can help you comply with the various health and safety regulations concerning asbestos in non-domestic properties.
If you need an asbestos survey or management survey carried out, or you have any questions concerning asbestos management, contact Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire today. They can provide you with reliable and expert advice and solutions tailored to your needs.
Contact Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire on 01962 458066 or drop them an email at [email protected] for more information.