Commercial Guidance

If you are the responsible person for your premises and you are concerned about asbestos, Allium can help you manage your asbestos or facilitate the removal should this be a requirement.

If you are the responsible person for your premises and you are concerned about asbestos, Allium can help you manage your asbestos or facilitate the removal should this be a requirement.

1. Who is Responsible – if you are responsible for maintenance or repair, you normally have a legal responsibly as the duty holder.

2. When was it built – if your building was built during or after 2000, it is unlikely to contain asbestos. If it was built prior to 2000, you should assume the building could contain asbestos.

3. Existing Information – prior to consulting with us, it is always useful to gain existing information relating to the building, such as plans and reports, this is helpful when providing a cost for surveying work. (Take note of any existing asbestos surveys, but don’t rely on them as asbestos may have been missed).

4. Asbestos Management Survey – the purpose of the asbestos management survey, is to find and manage asbestos containing material which may be encountered during normal occupation of the building.

5. Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Survey – is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.

6. Asbestos Sampling – samples are taken of suspected asbestos material to identify the presence and type of asbestos fibres, these are undertaken in a controlled manner and analysed by accredited laboratories.

7. Material Risk Assessment – All identified asbestos will have a risk assessment score based upon the type and condition of the asbestos material.

8. Asbestos Management Plan – the plan should bring together all available relevant information, it should set out what actions need to be done by whom and by when, such as remedial work or periodic checks.

9. Re-inspection Survey – consists of inspecting asbestos material which has not been removed and remain in situ, to establish the material’s condition.

10. Keep your records up to date – update your asbestos register whenever you have work undertaken, check materials at least once a year. You will also need to review your management plan annually to make sure it is still effective.