The purpose of an asbestos survey is:
To help manage asbestos in your premises in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 Regulation 4.To also provide accurate information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on site. Our surveys also consist of assessing the level of damage or deterioration in the ACMS and to decide if remedial action is required from our expert assessment. We will use survey information such as the asbestos register to prepare and asbestos management plan and risk assessment as soon as possible. Additionally, we will also help identify all ACMs to be removed before refurbishment work or demolition.
THE DANGERS OF ASBESTOS
Anyone who suspects that asbestos may be present in a building they live or work in needs to act as quickly as possible. Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material which, if damaged or disturbed, releases fibres which are small enough to be inhaled. Once in the lungs, these fibres can cause serious illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Every week in the UK 20 tradespeople die because they were exposed to asbestos in the past. In addition, 5000 or so individuals in the UK are killed by asbestos each year, significantly outnumbering those killed in road traffic accidents. Asbestos was added to over 3000 building materials and any building which was completed or refurbished before the year 2000 could contain asbestos. Therefore, to prevent exposure it is essential that all asbestos containing materials are either managed, repaired or removed.