Around 5,000 people in the UK still die every year from asbestos-related diseases. The controls are very strict, prosecutions frequent and jail sentences regular.
An Asbestos Survey is a thorough examination of a premise to look for the presence of asbestos or asbestos-containing-materials (ACMs).
These Surveys are complex documents and only suitably trained assessors should carry them out.
They are a legal requirement for all workplaces built before the year 2000, when the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations came in and banned the use of asbestos in the UK.
Be wary of guessing if your workplace has asbestos! Most of it is hidden, painted or difficult to spot as it is in over 3,000 different building products.
There are two types of asbestos survey:
1.Management Asbestos Survey
This is the simplest type of asbestos survey and is usually a visual inspection by a trained and qualified surveyor. It’s vital to take samples to send off to a laboratory to know the exact type of asbestos though. The survey will normally note the type, location, amount and risks of asbestos. The surveyor is allowed to presume materials have asbestos in them
Commercial premises built before the year 2000 should have a management asbestos survey in place, so it can be safely managed as required by the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
Note: A management asbestos survey is still required in domestic buildings that have shared parts such as hallways, corridors and lobbies in flats for example.
Note: This type of survey is NOT suitable where extensive maintenance works is in place or where any construction or refurbishment work is in progress.
A refurbishment and demolition survey is essential when any part of the building is disturbed as part of any construction work i.e. refurbishment or demolition project.
2.Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey:
This survey is fully intrusive so numerous samples will be taken and often from hidden areas – behind ceilings, floors and walls for example.
The survey need not cover the entire building – just the areas that will be disturbed or damaged.
The type of asbestos is required because of the different properties of White (Chrysotile), Blue (Crocidolite) and Brown (Amosite) asbestos – the three most common types.
Our Essential H&S Competent Person Package contains a range of asbestos-related training sheets and Checklists and we can also recommend a Competent Asbestos Assessor if required.
With more than 30 years’ experience, we can help you with all aspects of your workplace health and safety.