Asbestos | Risks
It's important to undertake Asbestos Survey's and Removals in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012. In 2017, there were 2,523 deaths from the asbestos related cancer, Mesothelioma. The risk of asbestos exposure is high for construction workers with many coming into contact with asbestos containing materials during demolitions and refurbishments, as asbestos was a popular building material before 2000, due to it's strength, durability and fireproofing qualities.
Do I need an asbestos survey?
If you own or are in charge of a domestic property built before the year 2000 and are looking to carry out building work, then it’s vital that extra care is taken to ensure no asbestos is present and furthermore ensure you are complaint under asbestos regulations.
Anyone that owns a commercial (non-domestic) property is legally obligated to have an asbestos report plan, this includes schools, churches, offices and factories etc. As part of an asbestos management plan, you will require regular re-inspections to ensure the asbestos remains in a good state and your premises therefore remain safe for staff, the general public and also any external workers.
Asbestos | Types
There are several types of asbestos fibres, which are identifiable by sending samples to a UKAS laboratory. The main three types used in the UK are Crocidolite, Amosite and moreover Chrysotile (Blue, Brown and White Asbestos respectively).
Common places to find Asbestos Containing Materials are in:
- Roofing felt
- Asbestos cement sheets
- Artex ceilings
- Asbestos Siding
- Floor Tiles
- Asbestos Insulating Boards
- Sprayed Coatings on walls / Sound proofing and also,
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Asbestos | Surveys
It can be difficult to identify asbestos containing materials just by looking at them and moreover sometimes they may be hidden beneath other materials. Therefore an asbestos survey is the only way to know for certain if your property contains asbestos. All surveys are by our expert surveyors, who will advise on what type of survey you require.
There are two types of Asbestos Surveys:
- Asbestos Management Survey; A standard survey on a building built or refurbished before 2000. The survey as far as reasonably possible identifies the existence or suspected presence of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), which could be disturbed during occupancy and also general maintenance.
- Pre-Refurbishment and Demolition Survey (R&D); This is an inspection to ensure we access all areas, ascertain the amount and type of ACM present. The survey enables full removal of ACM from the building before any refurbishment or equally demolition takes place. This is a legal requirement and done poorly can result in unexpected costs and health hazards too.