By Law you must have an asbestos management survey conducted on any non-domestic building built before the year 2000, as well as a refurbishment/demolition survey done before any alterations are made. These can be easily done by giving one of our asbestos consultants a call on 0800 011 2962 and asking for a free quote.
You may be thinking: what’s the worst that can happen if I don’t comply with the law? Well...
On top of potentially putting at risk the health of your staff and customers, the duty holder could be liable for any or all of the following:
• Closure of the premises
• Personal fines of up to £20,000
• Disqualification from Directorship
• A custodial sentence
These might sound like extreme measures but asbestos is potentially a very dangerous substance - currently in the UK, at least 3,500 people die each year as a result of exposure to asbestos.
Some of our Clients
Our asbestos consultants handle a large number of major ongoing-clients, including:
The National Trust
Some Background on Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring and relatively cheap silicate mineral, used for well over one hundred years in construction. But it has since proved to be a serious health risk and thus has been banned by UK law. However, despite this, many people are still at risk.
Asbestos has actually been mined for thousands of years, most famously at the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos, Quebec in Canada, which was the most prevalent asbestos mine in the world for some time. There are also stories of ancient rulers using asbestos for clothes, blankets and burial coverings.
In the late nineteenth century, the mineral proved to be a popular component for various forms of construction, due to useful qualities such as insulation, fire and chemical resistance as well as strength, and its mining became far more wide scale. The first documented death suspected to be caused by the exposure to asbestos, was in 1906, while the first asbestosis diagnosis in the UK was 1924.
But asbestos use became most prevalent following the Second World War, particularly in the fifties, sixties and seventies, with reports as late as the mid-eighties of it still being freshly implemented in construction.
There are estimated to be around 3,000 different asbestos products and in 1999 the Government banned the use of asbestos once it was significantly proven to cause serious health problems and death. However, there are still well over a million commercial buildings, let alone domestic homes, which are predicted to contain potentially harmful levels of asbestos fibres.
Some brief information on our services
Our asbestos consultants and surveyors can advise and undertake an inspection of a commercial or domestic property and give you an unbiased report, including test results of any suspect materials. We will then recommend the next steps to take.
Our consultants can also help you out if you have had a report done by another service, but are unsure of what to do next. You may have been told you need regular monitoring, which we can provide for you by periodically checking that everything is okay. This will obviously come at a fee and the regularity of the checks will depend on the condition of the asbestos. Over time, materials containing asbestos may become a bit weathered and need removing, despite not being a risk before.
- Created on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 13:20
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