Glenarm Asbestos Management are your local experts in commercial asbestos surveys. If you are worried that you may have an asbestos problem, please call us immediately to discuss your options. Below we have listed some basic asbestos information to help you understand the process and purpose of having a commercial asbestos survey.
The key to successfully managing asbestos is to:
Identify its location
Identify its type
Evaluate its condition
Calculate the quantity of the material
How can I achieve this?
As the Duty Holder you have a responsibility to ensure that the buildings you are responsible for have been surveyed for asbestos. Glenarm Asbestos Management can perform one of the following types of surveys:
• Management (formerly Type 2)
• Refurbishment & Demolition (formerly Type 3)
• Our surveyors are proficient in both survey types as per HSG264.
This survey is required to manage ACM’s during the normal occupation and use of premises. The aims of this survey are to:
• Locate and quantify any ACM’s
• Ensure nobody is harmed by their continuing presence in the premises or equipment.
• Ensure that the ACM’s remain in good condition.
• Ensure that nobody accidentally disturbs the ACM’s
The Survey must locate ACM’s that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. It also guides the client in prioritising any remedial work.
Refurbishment / Demolition Survey
This survey type is required where the premises, or part of, need upgrading, refurbishing or demolition. Refurbishment or demolition Surveys aim to ensure that:
• Nobody will be harmed by work on ACM’s in the premises or equipment,
• Such work will be performed by a licensed contractor.
The survey must locate and identify all ACM’s before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.
It informs the client on how to meet their statutory obligations as stated in the Control of Asbestos Regulations:2006
For further information see Health and Safety Executive
Who is the Duty Holder?
All those who have responsibility for the maintenance and/or repair of non-domestic premises have duties under Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006: Regulation 4.
The duty holder may well be a:
• managing agent
How do duty holders comply?
There are three essential steps:
• Evaluate whether the premises contains asbestos, and if so, where it is and in what condition it is. If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos.
• Assess the risk.
• Make a plan to manage that risk and act on it.
For asbestos surveys and risk assessment services, get in touch with Glenarm, in East Sussex, today.