Asbestos Management, Refurbishment/Demolition & Re-inspection Surveys
RJS Waste Management UK Ltd carry out Asbestos Management, Refurbishment/Demolition and Re-inspection Surveys across Oxfordshire, London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and throughout the UK. All our Asbestos Surveys are conducted by BOHS P402 certified asbestos surveyors and in accordance with HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide (2012) and HSG248 Asbestos: The Analysts’ Guide for Sampling, Analysis and Clearance Procedures.
The asbestos management survey will provide information on any asbestos identified, its condition and how it should be managed, i.e. labelled, encapsulated or removed.
Once your survey has been completed it then forms part of your Asbestos Register in compliance with Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012. Regulation 4 states that landlords or duty holders have the responsibility to manage asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
Duty To Manage
If you are the person responsible for the maintenance and repair for non-domestic premises then your organisation will be bound by the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 and you will have a legal duty to manage the risk posed by any asbestos that may be present on the premises.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 cover only non-domestic premises, such as commercial, retail or industrial sites like factories, warehouses, offices, hospitals and educational establishments, however you may still have a similar duty under the Health & Safety at Work regulations if you are responsible for premises such as flats where there are common areas, for example foyers, hallways, lifts and stairways, but not for the flats themselves.
A more exhaustive list of premises and areas that are covered by a Duty to Manage can be found on the HSE campaign.
Developing an Asbestos Management Plan
An Asbestos Management Survey is the first step towards creating your Asbestos Management plan. The survey will identify any asbestos in the property, identify the risk that it may pose and assess whether it could be disturbed during normal occupation or maintenance. Your asbestos survey will be conducted by a qualified asbestos surveyor.
Organisations have an obligation to monitor the condition of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) that are identifed by the asbestos survey and to identify any deterioration which may result in the release of asbestos fibres.
The regulations state that asbestos containing materials must be inspected regularly. Our recommendation is that you have a yearly Re-Inspection Survey carried out.
Your Asbestos Register must also be reviewed on a regular basis to take account of any changes and to ensure the continued safe management of any asbestos containing materials identified during the survey.
RJS will guide your organisation and ensure that your Asbestos Management Plan is up to date and that your business and premises are compliant in regard to British Standards and that you are meeting your health and safety obligations.