Its purpose is to detect the presence of any suspect asbestos containing materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy. Our report will demonstrate, the location, condition, volume and type of asbestos contained within the material sampled.
The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. To ensure a cost effective approach to our clients, if the material sampled is found to contain asbestos, other similar materials used in the same way can be presumed to be the same material, therefore reducing the overall cost of the survey.
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys are intended to locate all the asbestos in the building as far as reasonably practicable, and may need to destructively penetrate all parts of the building structure. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible asbestos containing materials and to estimate the volume and surface area of the material identified.
All surveys undertaken conform to the HSE Publication HSG264 and provide you, as the client, with a detailed report illustrating:
- Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
- Bulk sample analysis
- Condition of ACMs
- Asbestos register
- Photographic and location identification
- Risk assessment
- Management plan
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What Is The Duty?
The duty to manage asbestos is contained in regulation 4 of theÂ Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It requires the person (ie the “dutyholder”) to:
- Take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in;
- Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not;
- Make and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials – or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos;
- Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified;
- Prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed;
- Take the necessary steps to put the plan into action;
- Periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date; and
- Provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.
- There is also a requirement on anyone to co-operate as far as is necessary to allow the dutyholder to comply with the above requirements.
In many cases, the dutyholder is the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises through an explicit agreement such as a tenancy agreement or contract, with the extent of the duty depending on the nature of that agreement.
In a building occupied by one leaseholder, the agreement might be for either the owner or leaseholder to take on the full duty for the whole building, or it might be to share the duty. In a multi-occupied building, the agreement might be that the owner takes on the full duty for the whole building, or it might be that the duty is shared, with the owner taking responsibility for the common parts while the leaseholders take responsibility for the parts they occupy.
Sometimes, there might be an agreement to pass the responsibilities to a managing agent.
In cases where there is no tenancy agreement, or it does not specify who has responsibility, or where the premises are unoccupied, the duty is placed on whoever has control of the premises. Often this will be the owner.
The duty to manage covers all non-domestic premises, such as all industrial, commercial or public buildings like factories, warehouses, offices, shops, hospitals and schools.
Non-domestic premises also include those ‘common’ areas of certain domestic premises, as in purpose-built flats or houses converted into flats. The ‘common areas’ might include foyers, corridors, lifts and lift-shafts, staircases, roof spaces, gardens, yards, outhouses and garages – but would not include the flat itself.
Such common areas would also not include rooms within a private residence that are shared by more than one household such as bathrooms, kitchens etc in shared houses and communal dining rooms and lounges in sheltered accommodation.
All About Asbestos can provide a range of asbestos removal and asbestos abatement services, as well as offering advice and solutions to all asbestos related problems. Packages can be tailored to suit individual requirements.
Our experienced and fully trained team apply the most effective techniques for asbestos removal, supported by detailed method statements designed to ensure best practice at all times under current industry legislation, approved codes of practice and HSE guidance notes.
Our approach to asbestos removal and disposal is designed to cause the minimum amount of inconvenience to the client and is thoroughly planned and proactively managed. For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact us using the form.