A question asked by many.
Owners of both residential and commercial properties often ask if they need an asbestos survey. Whether a survey is legally required is dependent upon many specific factors. Sometimes a survey is completed simply to protect people from asbestos exposure.
The legislation that sets the rules for asbestos and asbestos surveys is the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012. Contained in section 4 of the regulations, is the duty to manage. This is directed at those who manage non-domestic properties, built before 2000. These people are responsible for protecting others from the risk of asbestos exposure. They need to protect employees and people who use the premises in other ways.
The duty covers all non-domestic properties built before 2000. Such as industrial, commercial or public buildings, including, but not exclusive to:
The duty also covers ‘common’ areas of some domestic buildings. Blocks of flats have areas such as:
Areas such as these are also covered by the duty to manage.
For domestic properties such as your own home, there is no legal requirement to hold asbestos information. Despite this, ahead of refurbishment works, a survey will protect you and any tradespeople involved in your project. Increasingly, an asbestos survey is needed before purchasing a home. This can highlight the presence of asbestos and be a point for negotiation.
There are three steps:
An asbestos survey is the starting point in meeting these requirements.
Some materials contain asbestos or are presumed to contain it. They are commonly referred to as asbestos containing materials (ACM). The purpose of an asbestos survey is to make a materials assessment and will:
A management survey is required to manage ACM during normal occupation and use of a building. The survey will identify ACM that could be damaged or disturbed during:
It involves minor intrusion and disturbance of the building’s fabric. The survey will guide clients and inform the prioritisation of any remedial work.
As the name suggests this type of survey is needed when the premises, or a section of it, need updating, refurbishing or demolishing.
The survey must identify all ACM before any structural work begins. It is an intrusive survey and is likely to cause disturbance to the building’s fabric.
The dutyholder has a responsibility to ensure:
Scientific Services was established in 2002 - since then we have supported thousands of individuals and businesses in managing asbestos.
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