Any commercial property constructed prior to 2000, could potentially contain materials containing asbestos (see our gallery for photos or house graphic for locations). The HSE has a detailed list on their website of 100 materials that may contain asbestos.
To prevent causing potential exposure to asbestos fibres, UK legislation (CAR 2012 Regulation 4) states, that prior to any work being carried out – the area must be checked for the presence of asbestos before proceeding.
Responsibilities for the maintenance and repair of non-domestic premises is down to the ‘duty holder’ who has a legal duty to inform tradespersons if asbestos is present in a building they are working on.
Tradespersons are currently one of the highest risk groups potentially being exposed to asbestos fibres, partly as a result of the failure of Dutyholders to provide Tradespersons with adequate information regarding the location of asbestos materials (via an asbestos register) within the building. Asbestos does not necessarily need to be removed, however it must be managed. Simply having an asbestos survey completed is not sufficient to absolve a Dutyholder of their responsibilities.
Before any work is carried out Amiante STR recommend Tradespersons check the buildings Asbestos Management or Refurbishment/Demolition Survey results, and the asbestos register, and stay alert for any additional asbestos products.
Choosing the course of action should be made by the experts, which is why you should contact Amiante STR Ltd if you suspect asbestos is in a building. We are here to help.
If you think that you or your client has an asbestos problem, please contact us today to discuss your asbestos management concerns and we will advise you what to do next.