Do your premises need an asbestos survey?December 31, 2015 // No Comments
It is surprising just how much asbestos was used within building work in the past. Any premises built before 1999 could contain it so, if you are unsure, then presume that it does. Some of the most common examples are Artexed or textured ceiling tiles, floor tiles, fire-resisting products, corrugated cement roofs and walls.
The first thing to do is to identify the duty holder for the premises, this is the person responsible for maintaining and repairing all or part of the property, or who has control over the building. This could be the occupier, landlord or owner. According to the law, the duty holder must find out whether the building contains asbestos and what condition it is in, assess the risk of the asbestos releasing fibres and make a plan to manage the risk.
SAIF Members may read the full report by Simon Bloxham at OSS Group by logging onto the Members’ Area and selecting the Health and Safety tab.