The control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) Regulation 4 outlines;
The duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic properties – this sets a legal requirement for owners and occupiers of non-domestic building to have an Asbestos Survey and up to date Asbestos Register in place. These reports must form the basis of a detailed asbestos management plan that outlines how you intend to monitor and manage any ACM’s that may be present within your premises or estate.
If you are an employer or are self-employed and have some or all of the responsibility for conducting repairs upon your premises you may well be the “Duty Holder” in which case any legal responsibility for ensuring that your asbestos survey has been conducted rests with you.
Asbestos UK complies with and works in accordance with HSG264 and all our surveyors hold BOHS P402 certification.
Asbestos Surveys and Registers
A key stage in managing asbestos is to identify the location, type, condition and extent of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). This is achieved by conducting an asbestos survey. The survey should be in accordance with HSE guidance note HSG264 which highlights two types of survey;
A standard asbestos survey, the purpose of which is to locate as far as is reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to access their condition.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
A refurbishment and Demolition Survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This survey is used to locate and describe, as far as is reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal and dismantling.
The type of asbestos survey most appropriate to your buildings will be dependent on your individual requirements and will be established during the survey planning phase.
If you would like further information regarding Asbestos Surveys or to confidentially discuss your asbestos testing / sampling requirements please feel free to contact our dedicated staff.
Asbestos UK operates throughout southern England incorporating Northamptonshire, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Coventry & Lemmington Spa via our offices in Northampton and Bedford.