The duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic properties sets a legal requirement for owners and occupiers of the non-domestic buildings to have an asbestos survey and up to date asbestos register in place. These reports must form the basis of a detailed asbestos management plan that outlines how you intend to monitor and manage any ACMs that may be present within your premises or estate. If you are an employer or are self-employed and have some or all of the responsibility for conducting repairs upon your premises you may well be the duty holder in which case any legal responsibility for ensuring your asbestos survey has been conducted will rest with you. A key stage in managing asbestos is to identify the location, type, condition and extent of any asbestos-containing materials. This can be achieved by conducting an asbestos survey. The survey should be in accordance with HSE guidance.
There are two surveys that can be completed to find asbestos within your property these are the Management Survey and the Refurbishment & Demolition Survey. The management survey is a standard asbestos survey, its purpose is to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could damage or be disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and access to their condition. The refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. The survey is used to locate and describe all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection as necessary to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.
Once the survey has been completed our team can remove the asbestos that was found. It is important to remove the asbestos inside of your building because it is responsible for 4500 deaths each year. The reason for this is that it causes four main diseases. These are mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening. Asbestos has been used for more than 2000 years and in the UK alone over 1 million commercial, industrial and public buildings contain asbestos material. In the UK between the 1950s and the mid-1980s asbestos was used in a wide variety of products such as thermal insulation, fireproofing, electrical insulation and building materials. Even up until 1999 some asbestos products were still being used. During the above period, especially between the 60s and 70s, any commercial or industrial building that was either built or extensively renovated would more than likely contain asbestos in some form or another.
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