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If a property commenced construction prior to the year 2000, it must be realised that asbestos containing materials or coatings may be present in one form or another. There are regulations in place under the health and safety at work etc act 1974 that require all non domestic properties to be managed safely.

Should asbestos-containing materials go undetected and are not identified where they are then damaged allowing the short term exposure limit to exceed 0.6 f/ml measured over a 10 minute period or 0.1f/ml over 4 hours

R&F Insulations Limited can provide asbestos surveys nationwide.

Due to change in regulations there are now 2 recognised asbestos surveys:

Management Surveys

These surveys are ‘sampling survey’ and are designed to locate the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials within the premises which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

A management survey 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, it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc..

A management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various asbestos containing materials and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing asbestos containing materials as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos.

If asbestos is discovered it may safely be presumed that other similar materials will exist within the building.
R&F Insulations Limited can offer reliable asbestos regulatory advice for any asbestos that may be detected on your premises and in working with you can assist you in the correct management or removal of the asbestos containing material.

Refurbishment and Demolition Survey

Refurbishment and demolition surveys will be required where refurbishment work or other work involving disturbing the fabric of the building will be carried out. The survey strategy for this kind of survey is similar to that for management surveys.

A refurbishment and demolition survey should be carried out on a proportion of properties in the work programme. The ratio again will depend on asbestos variability within the housing stock and may be high where there is substantial variation. A proportion should be surveyed until the results demonstrate as far as reasonably practicable that there is consistency in the range of ACMs in the property type and there is an accurate picture of asbestos presence.

The refurbishment and demolition survey will only be necessary in the specific area/location where the works will take place, eg cupboard, part of a room, kitchen/bathroom. However a further refurbishment and demolition survey would be necessary in other locations when new improvement/refurbishment works are proposed. These localized refurbishment and demolition surveys should have the specific purpose of identifying asbestos containing materials for removal, control or avoidance during the refurbishment works.

It is a legal requirement for all non-domestic properties to hold an up-to-date Asbestos Register/ Asbestos ,management plan on site. Failure to comply with this legislation is illegal and the penalties may be severe, with unlimited fines and even up to two years’ imprisonment or the duty holder.

R&F Insulations Limited surveys are carried out by experienced P402 Accredited Surveyors. Any asbestos survey we undertake is in accordance with “The Survey Guide” HSG 264 and all the relevant approved codes of practice.
Our aim is to undertake asbestos surveys with the utmost discretion with as little disruption as possible. On completion of the survey we issue a fully typed report in all agreed medias, followed up by further competent advice on how to manage the asbestos containing materials that have been discovered.

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