If your office building was built before the year 2000 then you should be aware of the fact that there is a possibility that you have asbestos-containing materials (ACM’s) in your workplace. This can be a hidden killer which unfortunately causes 1000’s of deaths each year to workers. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibres is difficult to detect and could result in a number of fatal diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
If you are the owner or occupier of a commercial building then there is a legal duty to manage any asbestos containing areas, and this can be done in the form of an asbestos survey. This survey will see you provide information on the location, as well as the type and amount of ACM’s that you have in your building. Whether you believe it is present or not it is certainly worthwhile getting one of these surveys completed, as this will give you a definite answer and allow you to develop a plan to deal with it.
Different Survey Types
There are a few different survey types which can be carried out by experts, and each type will provide you with clear and easy to understand information on your situation. Asbestos Management Survey is a general survey which helps to prevent exposure through wear and tear within the building. If you are planning on having any building or demolition work done where there are ACM’s involved, a pre refurbishment or demolition survey will be required before work can begin. In addition to these survey types, a Re-Inspection Survey is a legal requirement once the work has been completed.
Ensure that you are Compliant with Health and Safety Regulations
In order to ensure that you are compliant with Health and Safety regulations you will want your survey carried out by a reputable company, AMS Asbestos Management Services being an example of one of these. Using these companies will ensure that you will get the necessary information and then a further plan of action can be taken if necessary.
Asbestos is a dangerous material when not managed correctly, and this means that it is necessary for you to ensure that your buildings are safe for both you and your employees to work in each day without exposure to this hidden killer.