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Do I need an asbestos survey for my business?

If you are the owner or are legally responsible for commercial premises, such as an office, shop or industrial site built before 2000 in the UK, then you need to have an up to date asbestos management survey in place and available for inspection. Current Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation stipulates that if your property has a previous record of containing asbestos, the property needs to be re-inspected, usually on a yearly basis. HSE rules also say that any commercial buildings built before 2000, where refurbishment work or demolition is planned, will need to have a demolition and refurbishment survey for asbestos before any work can begin. This is where the team at Easy EPC can help, by providing your business with a professional asbestos report.

Why get an Easy EPC asbestos survey?

Asbestos surveys carried out by us will ensure that your business premises is fully compliant with current UK legislation. We are not connected to any commercial asbestos removal firm so you are assured that our survey is unbiased and independent. As a fully accredited provider, all of our professional assessors at Easy EPC work to the highest standards to give you complete peace of mind that your asbestos survey is done thoroughly, protecting you and your employees, and safeguarding you from any potential health associated litigation in future. Why is asbestos considered dangerous?

Although use of asbestos in the UK was banned in 1999, many buildings built before then are likely to contain large quantities of asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs). When asbestos is handled or disturbed in some way, it can release fine fibres that are potentially harmful when breathed in and can become lodged in the lungs. As well as causing lung cancer, asbestos is known to cause a range of other lung diseases. Given its wide use before it was banned, asbestos remains a significant risk to health in all types of buildings. If the asbestos is found to be in good condition, however, and is left undisturbed then it poses no risk.

What type of asbestos survey will I need?

At Easy EPC we carry out two types of asbestos survey for commercial clients. The first type is a management survey (previously referred to as a type 2 asbestos survey) where we aim to locate the presence of any asbestos containing materials. We thoroughly check the extent of any asbestos and fully assess its condition so we can provide a comprehensive risk assessment. A management survey is fairly straightforward, requiring the minimum of intrusion or disruption to your ongoing activities.

The second type of asbestos is a refurbishment and demolition survey (previously a type 3 asbestos survey), and is far more intrusive. In order to locate and assess all asbestos containing materials – as far as is practicable – our surveyor may have to damage some areas in order to gain access to hard to reach parts of the building. In all instances the surveyor will keep you fully informed of any disruption this is likely to cause you or your staff.

To find out more about our services, including our competitive rates, ask for you free, no obligation asbestos quote today.