Frequently asked questions about surveys, regulations, management and removal of asbestos material from domestic and non domestic buildings.
The ‘Duty to Manage’ within all non- domestic properties.
Also the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) site lays down the requirements for the protection of people being exposed to asbestos. These regulations are for those with responsibility for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises, to identify and manage any risk from asbestos within their premises.
These regulations were launched in 2012 in support of the introduction of regulation 4 of CAR with the aim of encouraging an awareness of and compliance and came into force in May 2004.
Also are all areas of the building accessible? Cherry pickers are required to survey the roof for example. From this information, we can post, fax or email a quotation.
If the asbestos materials pose a health hazard to the users of the building and there is a potential to have asbestos fibres releasing into the environment we recommend that areas are sealed off.
More and more requests for a domestic asbestos survey are received each day. Especially at the time of buying/selling, individuals want to know the materials contained within the property, the environment that their family is going to be living in, especially as refurbishment after taking possession of a property is usually planned.
If no floor plans are present for the property we draw and record our own layout plans.
If anyone is working on your property and before they are likely to either disturb asbestos materials or find areas they have a right to know the findings of the report. This is down to the management of the building.
During the survey we may control the movement of personnel until an area has been surveyed.
The answer is therefore, to know what products have asbestos fibres in their composition and either not disturb them or have them removed from the property.
Some client’s request that certain areas, rooms, floors etc… are not photographed this is ok and noted down on the survey report.
We do not photograph personnel faces or items like car number plates. At the end of the survey a client may examine the digital photographs taken around their property.
Only when the material is cut, scraped, impacted or corrupted in anyway to release the asbestos fibres does it become a problem. Over time materials can weather or start to decompose, if this is the case then crumbling can occur and fibres can be released. During a survey, the condition of the Asbestos containing material is taken into account.
Contractors or any staff member or anyone using that property can ask to see the report and thus be informed as to the areas if any, containing asbestos materials.