Can surveys be carried out outside the normal business hours?
Jersey Asbestos Limited Can work outside normal business hours if required.
Do I need to remove asbestos that the survey identifies?
No, not necessarily, if properly managed asbestos-containing materials can remain in situ, it will depend on the type of asbestos, its condition, its location, its extent, occupancy of the area concerned, and any future plans that may affect the ACM’s, etc. The decision to remove, encapsulate, or simply manage is based on the risk assessment best made by Jersey Asbestos Limited.
Who needs to know where asbestos is?
(An asbestos register, which should be in all non-domestic properties, will provide this information).
What happens during a survey?
The new asbestos survey types are;
Asbestos Management Survey
Asbestos Refurbishment /Demolition Survey
A management survey is similar to the old type 2 asbestos survey.
A Management Survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any ACM’s (asbestos containing materials) in the building, which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including any maintenance that may disturb it and assess the condition of the ACM’s.
Management surveys should cover a routine and simple maintenance work. However it has been recognised where a more extensive maintenance repair work is involved, there may not be sufficient information in the management survey and a localised refurbishment/ demolition survey will be required for all work which may disturb the fabric of the building, as a management survey will not have been intrusive.
A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM’s in the areas where refurbishment or demolition work will take place. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment/ demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out, or for plant removal.
In this type of survey, where the asbestos has been identified to be removed, (‘rather than managed’). The surveyor does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However as the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACM’s condition is usually assessed so that materials can be managed.
Do plans of my premises need to be available for a survey?
Yes; however Jersey Asbestos Limited can produce adequate plans during the survey if required.
Which occupations have the highest risk of exposure to asbestos?
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Occupational, domestic and environmental Mesothelioma risks in Britain
Can we locate asbestos within our property ourselves?
Yes, however if you decide to do it in house by undertaking an asbestos survey yourself, you need to demonstrate that you are competent at doing an asbestos survey. Asbestos can be found in over 300 commonly used building materials, and it has been found in over 3000 different materials. As such Jersey Asbestos Limtied have the expertise to ensure all asbestos containing materials are identified during an asbestos survey.
On completion of the survey all samples are sent to an accredited laboratory and a survey report will be provided advising you of the condition of the asbestos in your property and the risk associated with its location and the type of asbestos found. We will suggest appropriate remedial action, and if needed can consult with you on your asbestos management plan.
How likely is it that I will have asbestos containing materials in my property?
I only rent the property, so who is responsible for managing the asbestos?
The duty to manage covers all non-domestic premises. Such premises include all industrial, commercial or public buildings such as factories, warehouses, offices, shops, hospitals and schools.
Non-domestic premises also include those ‘common’ areas of certain domestic premises: purpose-built flats or houses converted into flats. The common areas of such domestic premises might include foyers, corridors, lifts and lift-shafts, staircases, roof spaces, gardens, yards, outhouses and garages – but would not include the flat itself. Such common areas would not include rooms within a private residence that are shared by more than one household such as bathrooms, kitchens etc in shared houses and communal dining rooms and lounges in sheltered accommodation. Further detail is set out in a chart of premises at http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/campaign/chart.htm and includes which are likely to be classified as domestic or non-domestic for the purposes of the duty to manage.
What does the duty holder have to do to comply with new legislation?
He must also;
1. Presume that materials do contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.( have samples taken and analysed by an accredited libratory, or if the building was built after the year 2000)
2. Prepare a record of the location and condition of these materials and assess the risk from them.
3. Prepare a plan to manage those risks and implement that plan.
4. Provide information on the location and condition of the asbestos containing materials to anyone who may come into contact with them whilst carrying out their work activities.
Do I need training to manage asbestos?
Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 states that asbestos awareness training must be undertaken for trades who are liable to disturb asbestos whilst carrying out their normal everyday work, or those who may influence on how the work is carried out.
Here is a list of all trades that may come into contact with asbestos whilst carrying out their work activities;
1. Maintenance staff
4. Gas fitters
5. Painter and decorators
8. Demolition workers
9. Construction workers
11. Heating and ventilation engineers
12. Telecommunication engineers
13. Fire and burglar alarm installers
14. Shop fitters
15. Computer installers
17. Building surveyors and any such other professionals.
18, Building & Property Managers
Is White Asbestos not as dangerous as Brown and Blue Asbestos?
Do Artex / textured coating contain asbestos?
I have a few asbestos boards in my garage; can I take them to the tip?
I was in a building and noticed asbestos “a” warning sticker on the ceiling. Should I be concerned?
Do I really need Asbestos Awareness Training to comply with HSE regulations ?
Training is a mandatory requirement for anyone involved in building refurbishment where their work will disturb the fabric of the building.
The training is intended to inform all personnel of the dangers of asbestos, where it might be found in building materials and what to do in the case of accidental damage and subsequent exposure.
A buildings surveyor has done a survey of a property I am going to purchase and it mentions that I need to seek specialist advice. Why and what is this?
If a survey identifies asbestos containing materials within my property, I am concerned that it will cause considerable further costs in removals. Do I have to remove all asbestos materials?
I am a builder working on a client’s site and want to remove an asbestos cement roof. Can I do this myself or should I call in a licensed removal contractor?
I have worked on asbestos containing materials for most of my younger working life – my view is that the damage is done. Why would I need to go to the hassle and expense of having a suspect material tested, as it will only be myself who is exposed?
Secondly if you are carrying out work at premises, be it domestic or non-domestic you are still at a place of work, and would come under the Health and Safety at work (Jersey) Law 1989.
Thirdly; if the building was built pre 2000, then you have to take steps to determine and minimise any potential exposure to asbestos and as such have any suspect materials tested.
Finely; you may not be concerned for you own health but think of those around you (your grand children, nieces, nephews, sons and daughters) – asbestos fibres are only hazardous when released into the atmosphere and passing them onto a loved one by fibres left on your clothing is easily done. The risk presented from exposure to asbestos is cumulative – the more you expose yourself (and those around you), the greater the risk of those exposed suffering the consequences of asbestos related disease.