The legislation regarding asbestos is clear. The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006 place explicit responsibilities onto employers to protect anyone that might be exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

Asbestos is responsible for more cancer deaths than all other known occupational hazards combined. There are now over 1200 mesothelioma related deaths each year in Britain, most of which are due to asbestos exposure, and the annual total is still rising. The only way to ensure a safer future is by ensuring that information on practical risk management is widely available.

Frizzell Safety Services can provide specialist asbestos surveys which identify and give recommendations for the management of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) within your premises. Our surveyors are trained to BOHS 402 standard and all surveys are conducted in accordance with the HSE guideline document MDHS 100. We are qualified to to provide you with asbestos surveys and reports, compilation of registers and help and advice on how to manage and/or remove asbestos.

There are three types of asbestos survey which we undertake: –

Type 1 – Location and Assessment Survey. This is the simplest type of survey that can be undertaken. It will probably not include sampling and there may be limited access into some areas such as ceiling voids, risers, underfloor ducts etc.

Type 2 – Standard Sampling, Identification and Assessment Survey. This is the normal type of survey. It locates, samples and assesses all ACM’s, so far as is reasonably practicable. There may still be limitations on access during the survey and these will be identified in the report. Samples taken are analysed and the results used to compile a register of the ACM’s within the premises. The condition of each ACM is assessed and recommendations made regarding their management.

Type 3 – Full Access Sampling and Identification Survey (Pre-demolition survey). This type of survey is used to locate all asbestos materials prior to demolition or major refurbishment of a building/ It will be more destructive than a Type 2 survey as enclosed areas such as partitions will be accessed. The information presented will allow an assessment of the methods to be adopted to ensure safe removal of the ACM’s.

In addition to providing the surveys we can advise on removal and/or maintenance requirements for the ACM’s.

To find out more about our Asbestos consultancy services please contact us.