Making Asbestos Checks
Last Updated on 19 November 2020 by Kirsty Smithson
What is involved in making checks for asbestos?
Are you wondering if you need to make checks for asbestos on your property and what exactly is involved?
Well, an asbestos check is generally sampling a material, to see if it contains asbestos. This can be a standalone event where you sample one specific item or product within a property. Or it can be part of a more thorough survey of a property.
Contractors, lenders, property purchasers generally wish to know if asbestos is present before they work on a material or before they buy a property.
In the UK it is a legal requirement to have this information before contractors work on any property built before the year 2000. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre which was commonly added to building products for a variety of reasons.
When the fibres are released and inhaled they can cause a number of medical conditions, particularly in the lungs. In the worst cases this can result in death.
When do I need to check my property for asbestos?
In the UK The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 covers all legal requirements concerning asbestos. Since Late 1999, when asbestos was finally banned in the UK, It is mandatory for all commercial premises to manage asbestos. This is generally done by having an asbestos survey completed first.
In you aren’t familiar with asbestos, people general use the terms asbestos survey, asbestos register and asbestos check to broadly mean the same thing.
Once you have an asbestos check or survey, this will then allow you to manage any asbestos you have within your commercial property.
If it is a domestic property you control then there is no requirement to manage asbestos or carry out any checks, unless you live in a property of multiple occupancy which has ‘common areas’ within. In this case the duty to manage asbestos still applies and the duty generally falls to the landlord.
Who can help with carrying out asbestos checks?
A qualified asbestos surveyor can perform asbestos checks, sampling or surveys.
Samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis and the results can be provided directly or as part of a larger report.
In most cases the best course of action is a full survey of any property to determine all the places asbestos may be present.
RB Asbestos have performed this type of work for over 30 years throughout the UK.
Even if you just need advice on the best way to proceed, you can call us to ask about an asbestos check.
Contact RB Asbestos Surveyors today!
Do you need help with conducting checks for asbestos in your property? Then let us help.
RB Asbestos can help you with your asbestos related problem, providing checks for the presence of asbestos materials, carrying out asbestos surveys and management plans nationwide.
Speak directly to one of our knowledgeable and helpful advisors for any further information, by calling RB Asbestos today on 0800 141 2676.
If you can’t speak to one of our advisors over the phone right now, you can also contact us online.