Asbestos Management Surveys: Standard Sampling, Identification and Assessment
At Resolve Asbestos Management Ltd in Blackpool, we can offer you asbestos management surveys throughout the UK, including Blackpool, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Chester. Management Surveys will give you all the information you need regarding the presence of asbestos in your business premises, allowing an informed decision to made as to whether it needs to be removed or simply contained.
The asbestos risk register is a key component of the required plan on how you will manage any asbestos found, or presumed to be, in your buildings. The duty to manage asbestos is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 4). It applies to the owners and occupiers of commercial premises (such as shops, offices, industrial units etc) who have responsibility for maintenance and repair activities. In addition to these responsibilities, they also have a duty to assess the presence and condition of any asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, then it must be managed appropriately. The duty also applies to the shared parts of some domestic premises.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
Asbestos, a category 1 human carcinogen, is responsible for over 5000 deaths every year. Younger people, if routinely exposed to asbestos fibres over time, are at greater risk of developing asbestos-related disease than older workers. This is due to the time it takes for the body to develop symptoms after exposure to asbestos (latency). Asbestos was a widely used material within commercial buildings, homes and machinery until 1999, when it was banned. This means that asbestos is common in the general environment.
The underlying purpose and inspection methodology of the management survey is to locate the presence, extent and condition by way of sampling and inspection of suspect asbestos containing materials as they are encountered. Where possible, representative samples of materials suspected by the surveyor to contain asbestos are taken and analysed for the presence and type of asbestos fibre present. This survey is intended for integration into a plan for the management of asbestos containing materials under Regulation 4 of CAR (2012).
Asbestos Management Plan
The information in the management survey report should be used to form the asbestos register which is a key component of the management plan. The survey report itself will generally not be the asbestos register. The asbestos register will be a simpler document and will not contain most of the information in the survey report, eg the bulk analysis results or survey site information. However, the results in the survey report are presented in a manner or format that can be directly lifted or employed to form the asbestos register.
The asbestos register is a living document which must always contain current information on the presence and condition of asbestos. The register will need regular updating (at least once a year). To do this you should make:
Regular inspections to check the current condition of asbestos materials
Deletions to the register when any asbestos is removed
Additions to the register when new areas are surveyed and asbestos is located
Changes to the register at any time asbestos-containing materials are found to have deteriorated
What Is The Asbestos Register Used For?
The asbestos register can be a paper or electronic document/database. It must be up to date and accessible, irrespective of the form. The asbestos register must be available to those who plan or initiate maintenance and related work, so it can be consulted before the work is authorised. The asbestos register should be consulted for all work which may disturb the fabric of the building or involve the building services. It includes simple and short duration work such as single hole-drilling or attaching items to walls. The duty-holder should ensure that the contractor acknowledges the presence of ACMs and will implement controls. The register should also be available to contractors and employees on request.
Management Or Refurbishment Survey?
The asbestos management survey offers information allowing routine and simple maintenance works to be carried out safely and this reflects the surveyor’s level of intrusion at the time of the inspection. More extensive maintenance or repair and refurbishment work may require additional investigations to be undertaken including a refurbishment/demolition survey; the findings of the survey should be checked with this in mind to confirm whether or not they are of adequate scope.
If you would like to enquire about our asbestos management surveys, get in touch with Resolve Asbestos Management in Blackpool today.
Call us now on 01253 319 454
Based in Blackpool and Preston, we work in the local areas and nationwide, including; Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Chester.
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