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Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management

The person responsible for issuing maintenance instructions for a property is considered to be the Duty Holder!

Inherent within the Asbestos Legislation is a duty to manage the risk of any asbestos contained within those properties for which the Duty Holder is responsible. So once Asbestos has been discovered on a property there is a legislative requirement for the Duty Holder to either remove or manage that asbestos.

To support the successful management of asbestos we provide our Clients with the opportunity to access their Asbestos Reports and Asbestos Registers on-line on a 24 / 7 / 365 basis. In addition we provide a process to easily identify re-inspection dates and to prepare a Re-inspection Plan.

Full Asbestos Management Programmes incorporating Re-Inspections and the Management of the Asbestos Removal Process are available by contacting any Member of our Team. 

Initial guidance regarding current Legislation is available by clicking here.

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Asbestos Surveys

APS has a nationwide network of Asbestos Surveyors who are trained and professionally qualified in carrying out all types of Asbestos Surveys in accordance with HSG264 Asbestos–The Survey Guide which replaced MDHS100 in 2010:

Asbestos Management Survey

A Management Survey is considered to be the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy 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; ie it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility, etc. The Survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of Asbestos Containing Materials.

Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey

A Refurbishment or Demolition Survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of 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 as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A Refurbishment or Demolition Survey may also be required in other circumstances, eg when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.

There is a specific requirement in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 7) for all ACMs to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before major refurbishment or final demolition.

Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys are intended to locate all of the asbestos in the building (or the relevant part), as far as is reasonably practicable. It is a fully intrusive survey which may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. It will be necessary to lift carpets and tiles, penetrate walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. For minor refurbishment, this would only apply to the room involved or even part of the room where the work is small and the room large.

Assessing Requirements

In order to determine the type, condition, amount and location of any asbestos within a specific property, the services of a competent person trained within that discipline will be required.

A suitably qualified Asbestos Surveyor is considered to be a competent person. APS has a nationwide network of Asbestos Surveyors who are trained and professionally qualified in carrying out all levels of Asbestos Surveys in accordance with HSG264 Asbestos–The Survey Guide.

Please contact any Member of our Team to discuss your requirements further (visit our contact page).

Initial guidance regarding current Legislation is available by clicking here.