FAQs

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Cost of Asbestos Surveys?

The prices of surveys vary depending on location, type of survey required and type of property.
As at March 2017 the average cost of an asbestos survey for a commercial property with a total floor area of up to 250 sq metres by Resolve Asbestos Management Ltd is £395.

What Are The Health Risks From Asbestos?

Asbestos 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). Exposure to asbestos can cause four main diseases:
Mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lungs; it is always fatal and is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos)
Asbestos-related lung cancer (which is almost always fatal)
Asbestosis (a scarring of the lungs which is not always fatal but can be a very debilitating disease, greatly affecting quality of life)
Diffuse pleural thickening (a thickening of the membrane surrounding the lungs which can restrict lung expansion leading to breathlessness.)
You can get further detailed information on these diseases from the HSE website. Improving asbestos awareness is the best way to decrease asbestos related fatalities.
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What Is The Duty To Manage Asbestos?

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.

I Have Just Bought A Property. Could It Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos may be part of any commercial or domestic building which was built or refurbished before the year 2000. Asbestos can typically still be found in any of the following:
• Asbestos cement products (pipes, flues, roofs etc)
• Lagging (on pipes and boilers etc)
• Water tanks and toilet cisterns
• Asbestos insulating board (AIB – which closely resembles typical plasterboard)
• Loose asbestos in ceiling and wall cavities
• Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams / columns
• Textured decorative coatings (commonly referred to as Artex)
• Floor tiles
• Textiles and composites

HSE has produced an interactive diagram which illustrates where asbestos may be found. The asbestos image gallery also provides real photographs of typical asbestos-containing materials that can still be found today.
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If you would like additional information to help improve your asbestos awareness, please call Resolve Asbestos Management in Blackpool today for expert help and advice.
 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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