Asbestos is dangerous, and if there are any fibres on your property, you have a legal obligation to identify and control the problem. Our surveyors in Plymouth offer comprehensive surveys and advice and a professional asbestos report for your home or premises in Devon and Cornwall. Fulfil your responsibilities with help from D & C Surveys, making sure that you’re taking all possible action when it comes to asbestos management.
If you are legally responsible for any 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 xecutive (HSE) legislation states that if your property has a previous record of containing asbestos, the property needs to be re-inspected, usually on a yearly basis. They also state 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 work begins. Our surveyors aid you in this by providing a professional asbestos report.
When we carry out our asbestos survey, we ensure that your property 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, D & C Surveys provides professional assessors who carry out thorough asbestos surveys and sampling services. We work hard for your peace of mind, to protect you and your employees, and to safeguard you from any potential health-related litigation in future.
Asbestos is shockingly common in the UK because of building practices prior to the ban in 1999. In 1984, non-asbestos cement sheets were introduced into the UK market. These sheets look very similar to asbestos sheets, which makes identification difficult. Although an alternative became available, asbestos sheets were cheaper, so they continued to be widely used until they were banned.
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 releases fine fibres that become lodged in the lungs when inhaled, posing a potential health risk.
As well as causing lung cancer, asbestos is known to cause a range of other lung diseases. Given how it was widely used prior to the ban, asbestos is still present in many forms and properties today. If your property is affected, we’re here to help you manage it before it becomes a serious problem.