Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?
If your building was built in or after the year 2000 it is unlikely to have any asbestos. If it was built before 2000, or you are unsure or when it was built you should presume the building contains asbestos and a survey should be carried out unless you know for sure it doesn't contain asbestos.
The presence of asbestos is usually referred to as ACM (Asbestos Containing Material) as it was often added to other materials before being used in buildings. Asbestos was used in many guises within a building such as lagging pipes, asbestos insulating boards (AIB), asbestos cement products, flat or corrugated sheets, certain textured coatings, bitumen or vinyl materials such as floor coverings. ACMs are often found in areas not normally visited like roof voids, store rooms etc. which can make them difficult to detect. An asbestos survey by a reputable competent person will identify the ACMs on your premises.
It is your duty to inform employees and contractors of the actual or possible presence of any asbestos on your premises which they could disturb while carrying out their work. This could range from construction/refurbishment work to installing a noticeboard.
An asbestos survey will identify the location of any asbestos-containing materials in the building, the type of asbestos they contain, and the condition these materials are in.
For more information on asbestos awareness call our expert Steve on 0844 8797286.
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