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Asbestos Management & Consultancy

 

Within the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 is an explicit duty on owners and occupiers, who have maintenance and repair responsibilities, to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos

 

  • The duty holder is to take reasonable steps to determine the location of materials likely to contain asbestos
  • Presume materials contain asbestos unless confirmed otherwise
  • Location and type of asbestos material to be recorded
  • Assess the risk of exposure from asbestos materials
  • Assess and monitor the condition of asbestos materials
  • Prepare and maintain a written (asbestos management) plan for any resultant remedial work such as repair or removal
  • Inform other people who may come into contact with the asbestos of its location & condition
  • Repair, seal or remove asbestos materials if there is a risk of exposure due to their condition or location
  • Maintain asbestos materials in a good state of repair and regularly monitor their condition
  • Arrangements to be made for people who are liable to disturb the asbestos, to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Review the Asbestos Management Plan at regular intervals

 

 

Rothercroft have a wealth of experience in preparing and developing asbestos management plans (AMPs) and we work closely with clients to ensure that procedures and documentation is both appropriate and ‘bespoke’ to their specific organisational requirements.

Asbestos Location Surveys

 

On 29th January 2010 the HSE released HSG 264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide. This document expands on and replaces MDHS 100. It is aimed at those conducting surveys, those who commission surveys, and those with specific responsibilities for managing asbestos in accordance with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

 

The objectives of an asbestos survey are:

  • To assist with the management of asbestos in the duty holder’s premises.
  • So far as is reasonably practicable, locate, identify and quantify those asbestos containing elements within the building which are specified within HSG 264 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
  • Inspect and record information on the accessibility, condition and surface treatment of any presumed or known ACMs
  • Determine the asbestos type, either by collecting representative samples or by making a presumption based on the product type and its appearance.
  • Determine any asbestos hazard that may affect the health of employee’s, maintenance workers, contractors and visitors so that it is not unknowingly disturbed.
  • Produce a report recording this information and including a material and priority assessment for each individual instance of asbestos material located.

 

In achieving the above, the health risks from exposure to asbestos will be reduced as far as reasonably practicable; the primary objective of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Survey Types

 

Management Survey

The management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal building occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties.

Representative samples are collected and analysed to confirm the presence of asbestos containing materials.

 

 

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey

This type of survey is required prior to any refurbishment or demolition work being carried out and is used to locate and describe, a far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos containing materials in the area where the refurbishment work will take place, or before a building, or part of a building, is demolished.

The survey will be fully intrusive and may involve destructive inspection, as necessary to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions etc.

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 or dismantling.

 

Refurbishment / Demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas, ideally the building should be vacant and all furnishings removed. For minor refurbishment works this would apply to the area to be surveyed only.
 

 

Re-Inspection

The most common form of asbestos inspection is a re-inspection which is carried out in order to monitor the condition of known asbestos containing materials (ACMs) identified in a previous survey.

 

The frequency of the re-inspection should not exceed 12 months and be based on an assessment of risk. Some asbestos materials present a higher risk and therefore should be inspected more frequently than 12 months.

 

 

 

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