If you own a commercial property that was built during the years of 1850 and 1999, then you should definitely get an asbestos survey of your property on a regular basis. Although the government has made it compulsory for all the commercial property owners to conduct an asbestos survey of their property regularly, the same rule applies to some residential property owners as well.
The regulations are set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and HSG 264 because the asbestos materials found in buildings can negatively impact the health of the people that come in contact with it.
Want to know in detail about the asbestos hazards? Keep reading.
What Are Asbestos Hazards?
Asbestos is a material that was used in the construction of buildings known as ACM’s ( asbestos containing materials). The reason for its popularity was because these materials are known to have heat, chemical & physical resistant properties. This is why asbestos materials were used in the construction of many commercial, residential & industrial properties.
Various investigations and laboratory analysis conducted throughout the 20th century concluded that asbestos materials are actually hazardous to health. These materials can deteriorate the health of people who come in contact with them.
It is a concern when these asbestos containing materials are present in structures and buildings and are damaged. When damaged, they release hazardous fibers into the air that can readily inhaled which can lead to asbestos related illnesses and diseases. Some of the most dangerous diseases that these materials can cause include mesothelioma, asbestosis, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal tract cancer. This is why it is extremely important to keep a regular check on the asbestosis materials present in your property by conducting regular surveys of the property.
How Do Asbestos Surveys Help?
Since asbestos materials were used in the construction of commercial, residential and industrial properties because of their physical, chemical and heat resistant properties; it is a legal requirement for the duty holder to have a regular asbestos survey of their properties and for an asbestos register to be compiled. In some cases, even residential property owners are obliged to conduct an asbestos survey of their properties for the common areas or communal parts to their buildings.
Asbestos surveys are undertaken in order to form and maintain an an asbestos register and management plan for the maintenance and management of asbestos materials found in the property. These registers will help the property owners in monitoring the asbestos materials and keeping a regular check on them.
It is also the legal requirement set by the government for the property owners to update these registers annually. This will help them identify which asbestos materials need immediate attention or need to be removed.
Contact Us Now!
If you are looking for asbestos surveyors or consultants to conduct an asbestos survey of your commercial or residential property, then EnviroHive can assist you. Our team of experts will conduct a detailed survey of your property and locate asbestos materials in your property so that you can keep a regular check on them.