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Asbestos Management Survey Northampton

An asbestos management survey is undertaken to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any asbestos-containing materials, which could be disturbed during a building’s everyday use. Floors, walls and ceilings are checked along with all other surfaces.
 

The management survey will assess the condition of suspect materials, along with their ability to release fibres. This is classed as a material assessment and will enable the duty holder to assess the risk and put measures in place to reduce the risk.

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What is and why you need an asbestos management survey in Northampton?

The management survey is based on a visual inspection meant to initially record the condition of asbestos-containing materials, and any risk associated with it during normal occupancy.

The asbestos management survey normally involves only minimal sampling and minor intrusive work. A surveyor could presume some materials might contain asbestos even without taking samples. Management surveys can involve sampling in order to confirm if asbestos is present.

The need for an asbestos management survey is determined by its vital role in aiding you with the safe management of any asbestos-containing materials (ACM)

Knowing how to safely manage ACM is important, but your first priority is being aware of the asbestos location.

Determining the levels of exposure is another important aspect of the asbestos management survey to determine whether or not the control limit has been exceeded. 

The survey also helps you make informed decisions about the risks and identify the appropriate action required to reduce those. 

Do I need an asbestos management survey in Northamptonshire?

​Essentially, all non-domestic structures built before 2000 should undergo an asbestos management survey.

Anyone with responsibilities concerning the upkeep or repair of a non-domestic property has the obligation to manage asbestos according to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 law. Undertaking a management survey represents part of that obligation.

Although is not required by law to complete an asbestos management survey in Northampton for domestic buildings, if your property is part of an apartment building, any communal areas such as lobbies, hallways, and receptions would have to be inspected. 

In consequence, any buildings with public access will have an asbestos management survey in place.

You can also read more about different types of asbestos survey for more information...
 

What would an asbestos management survey disclose?

An asbestos management survey will provide you with the knowledge required to manage and monitor any asbestos or asbestos-containing materials including the guidelines for developing an asbestos management plan and an asbestos register. 

Assuming that asbestos-containing materials are well kept and therefore not disturbed during normal occupancy, they do not represent a hazard. 

Nonetheless, it is essential to understand that an asbestos management survey is not relevant for any maintenance, refurbishment or demolition task.

What are the asbestos-related risks?

Having an asbestos management survey in place is basically the first step. You will be required to take prompt action beginning with establishing an asbestos management plan. The plan is mainly meant to provide clarification over the asbestos-related risks to any guests, contractors or residents.

Considering that asbestos represents the biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, immediate action is required.

According to the statistics, each year around 5,000 people die due to prolonged asbestos exposure in the UK. The vast majority of cases come from the construction industry. 

Most asbestos-related diseases take years to develop however,  weekly approximately 40 tradesmen on average die from what is suggestively dubbed 'the hidden killer'.

The aforementioned statistics raised the need for asbestos management surveys to be required by law due to the high risk posed by asbestos-containing materials.

How long does an asbestos management survey take to complete?

The duration of an asbestos management survey can vary based on a few different factors.

 

Therefore, it's not possible to provide a one-size-fits-all time estimate.

However...

One of the most crucial factors affecting the duration of an asbestos management survey is the size and complexity of the property.

 

A small residential property might only require a few hours for a complete survey, whereas a large commercial or industrial property could take several days or even weeks.

 

If the property has many layers of construction or refurbishment, or complex structures like duct systems or false ceilings, the survey may take longer as each area needs to be thoroughly inspected.

Need More Help?

If you need more help - you can contact us or have a read of these articles that will give you more information on Asbestos surveys:

Different Types Of Asbestos Survey

How Does Asbestos Sampling Work?

How Likely Is It I Have Asbestos In My Home?

Asbestos Company Checklist - What To Look For Before You Work With A Company.

Worker Carrying Asbestos Board

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