Asbestos surveys are a legal requirement, as defined within the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012.
The Regulations state that all non-domestic properties built prior to 1999 are required to have an Asbestos Register in place, to comply with Regulation 4, “Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises” which states that an asbestos register should be produced which should detail the extent and condition of any asbestos material found within the premises, and any remedial action necessary to manage the asbestos material safely. Surveying buildings for asbestos materials takes various forms depending on a client’s need and the present uses of the building, however, to ensure compliance with current legislation an asbestos Management Survey should be carried out on all non-domestic buildings in the UK built prior to 1999.
Any non-domestic property built prior to 1999 undergoing refurbishment, alteration, adaptation, demolition or extension/reduction work are required to have a Refurbishment Survey undertaken. All domestic properties pre-dating the year 1999 are included within this criteria, as they are considered a Place of Work, for the employer and employee carrying out work in that property.
Accordingly, the HSE will seek to prosecute where there is evidence of non-compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This criterion extends to all re-wiring works, plumbing, roof renewal, fire, water and flood damage repairs, and virtually any other event which causes the building to be the subject of repair. By carrying out an asbestos survey and assessing the condition and location of the asbestos materials found, an action plan can be put in place to prevent exposure to harmful asbestos fibres. The ultimate aim of a survey is to prevent many unnecessary deaths in years to come by assessing and controlling potentially hazardous working environments and to ensure that those who work in the high risk building refurbishment and demolition fields are protected.
There are two types of asbestos surveys and the theory behind each of the survey types has been simplified to aid the selection process. Assuming a material/building is free from asbestos when it is not could result in prosecution of companies and/or individuals if workers or building occupants are exposed to asbestos fibres. During a survey, information on the asbestos material/product is gathered, such as its location, condition, product type, associated occupant activity and likelihood of disturbance.
Management Survey (formerly known as a Type 1 or 2 Asbestos Survey)
A standard survey, the purpose of which is to locate, as far as is reasonably practicable, the presence, extent, and condition, of any suspect asbestos containing materials in the property/building.
The survey will take into consideration the likelihood of damage or disturbance during normal occupancy and assist in preparing an ongoing action and management plan for the building.
Refurbishment/Pre-demolition Survey (formerly known as a Type 3 Asbestos Survey)
This type of survey aims to find the asbestos behind surfaces which will be affected anyway during repairs, maintenance, alterations or demolition. Typically, the survey criterion involves intrusive, investigative and destructive means. The premise behind this type of survey is that the structure is either being demolished or is being significantly refurbished. We can provide a mixture of a localised Refurbishment Survey for smaller projects with a Management Survey and report update following any asbestos removal.
OM Safety Solutions Ltd can provide a completely independent asbestos survey service and we will always give you the most cost effective and common-sense solution to any asbestos that may be present in your building, whether it is for large commercial premises or the common areas of a block of flats.
We are experts in identifying asbestos and pride ourselves on our friendly surveyors, easy to understand asbestos surveys and asbestos reports.
Contact us today for a price for an Asbestos Report Survey on your property.