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An asbestos survey is conducted by a qualified surveyor on any premises that either has, or is suspected of having, asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs) therein. Although an asbestos survey is not a legal requirement, asbestos is such a dangerous material that a thorough survey is highly advisable, as it will form the basis on which any plan for remedial or removal work will be conducted.

The owner or occupier of a commercial premises (along with the shared parts of some domestic premises) has a ‘duty to manage’ asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within that premises. This applies if asbestos is present, or is presumed to be present, and is a legal requirement. Hence why it is prudent to have a professional asbestos survey conducted to ascertain the facts, and extent of the contamination.

This document (paper or electronic) is a register of any asbestos that is presumed to exist, or has been positively identified, in a premises. Formed as part of an action plan under a ‘duty to manage’ asbestos, this document must be kept up to date and should be fully reviewed at least once per year.

This refers to the amount of asbestos in the atmosphere of a given area, and is expressed as the number of asbestos fibres per cubic centimetre of air, which is calculated as an average figure measured over a continuous period of four hours. The current control limit set by the HSE is 0.1 f/cm3. Thus, any area found to be at or above this control limit is deemed to be unsafe. In fact, this limit has been progressively lowered by the HSE since 1987, a trend which is likely to continue.

An asbestos licence issued by the HSE is required in order to work with particular asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Licences are usually valid for 1-3 years, and the performance of licence holders is regularly reviewed by the HSE.

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material to work with. Consequently, in our opinion, the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) should only be undertaken by trained individuals from licenced contractors. In some cases, sophisticated equipment is employed and the operation of such equipment requires specialised training. For these reasons, it is prudent to leave the removal of ACMs to the professionals.

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