Why Do You Need An Asbestos Report/Survey?
Providing a safe workplace for your employees, customers and visitors is not only a legal requirement, but also a moral duty. The new Sentencing Guidelines mean that breaches of health & safety legislation can now result in even higher fines and longer prison sentences. Resolve Asbestos Management Ltd in Blackpool can advise and support you with asbestos compliance so you can spend less time worrying about regulations and more time growing your business.
Asbestos Regulation Compliance
Asbestos, a category 1 human carcinogen, is subject to two sets of regulations – REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2007)6 and, CAR 2012. REACH prohibits the importation, supply and use of asbestos. CAR 2012 covers work with asbestos, and licensing of asbestos-removal activities. Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 contains an explicit duty on the owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises, who have maintenance and repair responsibilities, to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos. The risks will vary with circumstances and can arise from normal occupation of a building or from inadvertent disturbance during the repair, refurbishment and demolition of premises. The risk assessment will be used to produce a management plan which details and records what actions to take to manage and reduce the risks from asbestos.
What Was Asbestos Used For?
Large amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used for a wide range of construction purposes in new and refurbished buildings until 1999 when all use of asbestos was banned. This extensive use means that there are still many buildings in Great Britain which contain asbestos.
Where asbestos materials are in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed they do not present a risk. However, where the materials are in poor condition or are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres are released into the air, which, if breathed in, can cause serious lung diseases, including cancers.
Who Is Affected?
Workers who disturb the fabric of buildings during maintenance, refurbishment, repair, installation and related activities may be exposed to asbestos every time they unknowingly work on ACMs or carry out work without taking the correct precautions. The purpose of managing asbestos in buildings is to prevent or, where this is not reasonably practicable, minimise exposure for these groups of workers and other people in the premises
Minimise Asbestos Exposure
To prevent this exposure, information is needed on whether asbestos is, or is likely to be, present in the buildings, so that an assessment can be made about the risk it presents and appropriate measures put in place to manage those risks. This is where our asbestos reports come in. With one call to Resolve Asbestos Management Ltd in Blackpool, we can visit your home and business premises and conduct a full asbestos sampling report to help advise as to whether an asbestos removal needs to take place.