Visit our FAQ section, answering all of your asbestos related questions.
Who's Duty is it to Manage Asbestos?
> If you are a landlord, tenant or managing agent of a commercial property built before 2000 by law you must have an asbestos register in place at all times.
> If your Commercial property has previously been shown to contain asbestos you must have an Asbestos Management Plan and risk register which should be updated annually.
> If you plan to undertake any refurbishment or demolition work you must have a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey.
> If you are a homeowner, you do not have a legal duty to manage asbestos under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, but you are required to protect anyone carrying out work at your property. You may also need a Refurbishment & Demolition if planning any refurbishment work.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material which was regularly used in buildings from the 1950s until the late 1990s. It is still found today in many buildings, including domestic and non-domestic premises, schools and hospitals.
Asbestos was widely used as an insulation and fire proofing solution. In particular, it was commonly used in products like ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roof tiles. See ‘where can asbestos be found’
Why is it harmful?
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious and often fatal diseases.
Must Asbestos always be removed?
No. Asbestos and ACMs in good condition are often best left alone as they pose no threat to health unless damaged, disturbed or likely to deteriorate.
If the Asbestos in your home is in materials that are deteriorating or likely to be disturbed however then removal is likely to be the best option as disturbance might release harmful fibres into the air.
There are alternatives to removal. Encapsulation and other special sealing processes use products designed to coat asbestos product and bind fibres together permanently. This way, even if the asbestos is disturbed, the fibres will not be released. In almost all cases, Asbestos Encapsulation or Removal work should only be carried out by a professional contractor licensed by HSE.
See our full range of Asbestos services here.
What does an Asbestos Pre-Purchase Survey involve?
When you order an Asbestos Pre-Purchase Survey from Mick George Ltd, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for our in-house surveyor to visit your property. The survey will usually involve sampling which means, where possible and practical to do so, we will take a sample of the material to send to a UKAS approved laboratory for sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos contaminated materials.
How long does it take?
Typically, a survey will take 2 hours to carry out on average for a 3 bed home but you should allow for us to be at your property for up to 4 hours. We will provide all reports within 72 hours of sampling.
What will the report tell me?
The report will detail the areas where we have identified and confirmed the presence of asbestos. It will inform you of what type of asbestos has been found, the level of risk in each case and advise you if any further action is required or recommended.
How do you dispose of Asbestos?
All asbestos contaminated materials need to be legally disposed of as hazardous waste and cannot ever be mixed with household waste. Mick George Ltd is licensed to collect, transport and dispose of asbestos materials and have a feet of specialist vehicles and containers from Asbestos Bagsto Asbestos Skips.
Do I need to complete a survey before any Home Improvements?
If you are planning any DIY home improvements, repairs or maintenance yourself or plan to bring any builders, maintenance workers or contractors into your home, you should always make them aware of any asbestos materials before they start work to reduce the risk of it being disturbed. If you choose to carry out DIY repairs or remove damaged asbestos materials yourself, make sure you wear the right protective equipment and follow safe working methods. Advice and information can be found on the HSE website.
Is there a legal duty to manage asbestos in my home?
As a homeowner there are clearly benefits in identifying and confirming the presence of Asbestos in your property. It can give you peace of mind, minimise risks and could be important to prospective buyers or lenders when selling your property. You should always ask for details of Asbestos when buying a property built pre-2000.
Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, homeowners do not have a duty to manage asbestos risks in private houses, however there may be a legal responsibility to inform and protect anyone carrying out work on your property and you should always disclose the presence of Asbestos.
Own a commercial property? Owners, landlords and agents of Commercial property are legally required to manage Asbestos. See further details of our Commercial Asbestos Services.