What should an asbestos survey include?
- Identification of the type, quantity and condition of asbestos containing-materials
- A material risk assessment which identifies the type of asbestos and its condition
- A priority assessment which identifies its location and the likelihood of disturbance
- Recommendations on how asbestos-containing materials should be managed or removed by the responsible person
Who is responsible for identifying and managing asbestos-containing materials?
As stated in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the ‘duty-holder’ is responsible for identifying the presence of asbestos-containing materials and its condition in non-domestic premises. This can be the site- or building owner, or anyone who has a clear responsibility for managing, maintaining and repairing the premises in question.
However, that person may not have the time, competency or confidence to complete a survey themselves, or document the legally required Asbestos Management Plan/Register. This is where Sweco can step in to fulfil what is a critical element of compliance in any buildings or builing asset project.
Asbestos is the UK’s biggest workplace killer with more than 5,000 deaths per year.