Conducting asbestos surveys will often be our client's first step toward effective asbestos management by identifying any asbestos containing materials located within the affected premises.
Resolve asbestos surveyors hold as a minimum the P402 Proficiency Certificate in 'Building Surveys and Bulk Sampling for asbestos' To accompany this we are UKAS certified for asbestos surveying and inspections.
To suit all requirements we offer different types of asbestos surveys as defined in the HSE Document Method for Determining Hazardous Substances 100 (MDHS100). The type of asbestos survey that you will require will depend upon the task to which the survey will be used.
Types of Survey
Management Survey: Sampling, Identification Assessment Asbestos Survey Sampling Asbestos Surveys
Demo/Refurb Survey: Full Access / Intrusive Sampling and Identification Asbestos Survey Pre-demolition or Major Refurbishment Asbestos Surveys
A Management Survey usually provides the basis for an asbestos register and subsequent management plan to be established as defined with the duty holder requirements as set out in regulation 4 of the CAR 2006.
A Demo/Refurb asbestos survey will be necessary where areas are undergoing major refurbishment or demolition works.
If you are interested in having an asbestos survey carried out please fill in our Quotation Form or get in touch via the Contact Us page
The Duty to Manage
The duty to manage asbestos was added to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations and enforcement began in May 2004. It applies to you as duty holder if you have maintenance and repair responsibilities for non-domestic premises either through contract or tenancy agreement, or because you own the premises.
The duty to manage requires those in control of premises to :
take reasonable steps to determine the location and condition of materials likely to contain asbestos
presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not
make and keep an up to date record of the location and condition of the ACMs or presumed ACMs in the premises
assess the risk of the likelihood of anyone being exposed to fibers from these materials
prepare a plan setting out how the risks from the materials are to be managed
take the necessary steps to put the plan into action
review and monitor the plan periodically
provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.
The HSE estimates that 60 per cent of duty holders are aware of their responsibilities, but the remaining 40 per cent remain ignorant of the law and at risk of prosecution.
The key elements of compliance are the Management Plan which is required by the regulation, the asbestos register which records the location and condition of asbestos as identified during an asbestos survey or a thorough inspection of the premises, and the survey itself - not legally required in many cases.
If you are concerned about your asbestos register, and not sure if you comply with the current legislation please contact us and we will advise you at no cost.
The purpose of the legislation is to protect people at work from exposure to asbestos, both those employed by your organisation directly and contractors who come in to supply maintenance or other services.
If you are responsible for maintaining any type of property with the exception of a domestic house with no common shared areas, you must manage the asbestos within it. Failure to comply can result in heavy fines, disqualification as a director and in some cases imprisonment.