Asbestos was once extensively used in both domestic and commercial construction in the UK, with an estimated 10 million tonnes of raw Asbestos having been imported into the UK. The fact is Asbestos has many impressive qualities, it’s a good electrical insulator, it’s very strong, a very good fire and sound insulator and chemically inert, however, if Asbestos fibres are released and inhaled, it can cause irreversible respiratory problems, lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, it is estimated that around 5,000 deaths each year are attributed to those who have been previous exposure to Asbestos fibres.
At Marpal, our professionally trained Asbestos Management Team can help you manage the risk of exposure by identifying Asbestos on your site and assessing the level of risk, to either manage or conduct safe removal.
We offer a range of Asbestos Management Services all aimed at identifying and reducing risk.
Depending on the age of your building or structure, the key phase in the management of Asbestos is to identify the location, type, condition and extent of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). Marpal can accomplish this by carrying out an Asbestos Survey. The type of survey conducted will be dependent upon the nature and the activities being carried out, or the proposed activities within your premises.
There are two types of survey:
Every commercial building built before 1999, must have had an Asbestos Management Survey undertaken; check and make sure you’re compliant!
All our Asbestos Surveyors are P402 qualified and all Asbestos Surveys are carried out in accordance with HSG264 (Asbestos: The Survey Guide).
An Asbestos Survey Report will be prepared following each survey. The report will assist the building owner/occupier to manage Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) in their premises. Where ACM’s are identified we will include recommended remedial actions to be undertaken to mitigate any risks to those occupying the premises.
Your duties don’t end once an Asbestos Management Survey has been carried out, there is then a duty to manage the asbestos containing materials that have been identified.
As part of our services we will prepare an Asbestos Management Plan. The overall aim is that all asbestos containing materials, through inspections, re-inspections, remedial or removal works are effectively managed and risks of exposure reduced.
Our typical Asbestos Management Plans will contain the following information: –
We will prepare a property specific Asbestos Management Plan ensuring that you comply with your duty to manage Asbestos!