As an employer or building owner, it’s your legal responsibility to locate and manage any onsite asbestos. Failure to do so could lead to punitive HSE prosecution fines, so it’s essential to understand your obligations.
Buildings built in or after 2000 are unlikely to contain asbestos fibres, but older sites must comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012. These instruct you to:
– Take reasonable steps to determine the location and condition of materials likely to contain asbestos
– Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.
– Keep a current record of the location and condition of the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) or presumed ACMs on the premises
– Assess the likelihood of exposure to fibres from these materials and prepare a management plan setting out how the risks from the materials are to be managed
– Take the necessary steps to put the plan into action
– Review and monitor the plan
– Provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them
START-TO-FINISH ASBESTOS SERVICES
As a first step, we undertake a management survey to establish the facts. This involves sampling suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and delivering results within 48 hours if required.
Common sampling areas include:
– Fire breaks in ceiling voids and fire protection panels/partitions
– Pipe/boiler lagging
– Ceiling tiles
– Insulation of electrical equipment
– Corrugated roof/wall sheets, gutters, rainwater pipes and water tanks
– Certain textured coatings
– Bitumen roofing material
– Floor tiles
Using sample results and other data pulled from the management survey, we then produce a comprehensive site plan with asbestos register, detailing the location of asbestos across your site.
Going a step further than other providers, Southalls produces a point-by-point asbestos management plan setting out tailored best practice recommendations and a follow-up asbestos survey schedule, to ensure you fully comply with regulations going forward.
WHAT ABOUT REFURBISHMENT OR DEMOLITION?
While intact, asbestos doesn’t pose a risk to human health. But if you’re planning structural changes to any building built before 2000, a refurbishment and demolition survey is required to ensure asbestos fibres aren’t released during construction work.
The survey maps out all ACMs in the area of the refurbishment work or – in the case of demolition – throughout the entire building. This information is used by surveyors, builders and contractors to effectively plan and prevent exposure.
A refurbishment and demolition survey involves extensive investigation – generally requiring a vacant building and free access to wall or ceiling cavities – but can still be scheduled at short notice, with a speedy turnaround of sample results.