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Commercial Asbestos Surveys

If you require a Commercial Asbestos Survey, Mick George Environmental have the expertise and p402 qualified surveyors to complete a thorough assessment of the building.

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Commercial Asbestos Surveys

Regulations regarding the use of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) were not introduced up until the late 20th century when it was identified as a hazardous substance, which means these harmful materials are still very common today in numerous commercial premises that were built prior to this revelation which may mean you require Commercial Asbestos Surveys on your premises.

If your commercial property requires an Asbestos Survey, Mick George Environmental have the experience and a dedicated team of p402 qualified surveyors to carry out comprehensive asbestos evaluations of commercial buildings, making the necessary suggestions where action is needed. We are fully licensed to conduct all aspects of asbestos management, from testing and surveys to removal as well as disposal.

If you think your property could contain asbestos, a survey is recommended. Generally, there are two Asbestos Survey types typically performed on commercial units and properties:

Management Survey: Its objective is to find, as far as reasonably possible, the presence and extent of any suspected asbestos and ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during regular occupancy and activity, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess the condition of the materials. This survey gives commercial property owners all the information and insights needed to determine whether remedial action such as asbestos removal is required.

Refurbishment and Demolition Survey: Required prior to any refurbishment or demolition work is performed, this survey is used to find and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos and ACMs in the area where the repair or refurbishment work will happen, or in the whole building if demolition is intended.

Other surveys are available on request; I.E – Residential and Landlords Asbestos Surveys.

 

Where is Asbestos Typically Present?

In a commercial property that might contain asbestos, there are certain areas and components where the presence of asbestos is more likely. Asbestos in your commercial building will most often be found in cement water tanks, floor tiles, pipe lagging/boiler, toilet cisterns, loose fill insulation, heaters and more. Asbestos Insulating Board is also a common ACM in commercial properties, found in soffits, boxing and panels. However, this is not a comprehensive checklist of ACMs, and a Commercial Asbestos Survey is recommended to uncover and highlight all the areas of your commercial property that might contain asbestos.

Asbestos in commercial property

1 – Asbestos cement water tank
2 – AIB to door
3 – Floor tiles
4 – Pipe lagging/bolier
5 – Toilet seat
6 – Toilet cistern
7 – AIB behind fuse box
8 – Cement flue pipe
9 – Asbestos cement panels
10 – AIB interior window panel
11 – Cement downpipe
12 – Artex/textured coating ceiling
13 – Cable wrap
14 – AIB panel
15 – Asbestos cement under cloak
16 – Loose fill insulation
17 – Heater
18 – AIB boxing
19 – Damp proof course
20 – Roofing felt
21 – Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
22 – Fuse guards
23 – Asbestos profiled sheeting
24 – Sprayed coating to beams

This list is not exhaustive and for illustration purposes only

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

Who’s Responsible for Managing Asbestos?

The responsibility for managing asbestos is usually up to the owner of the commercial property in question. 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 needs to be updated annually.

If you plan to carry out any refurbishment or demolition work in your commercial property, you need to have a refurbishment and demolition survey. This relates to all commercial properties– shops, offices and workplaces, factories, warehouses, commercial and industrial units (including vacant buildings). Failing to adhere to current regulations could compromise your insurance cover, resulting in a fine of as much as £20,000 and even a prison sentence of up to 24 months for the most serious violations.

If you own or manage a commercial property, have concerns regarding asbestos and require a commercial asbestos survey, get in touch with The Mick George Group today. We have the professional experience and many p402 qualified surveyors on hand to carry out a complete and extensive asbestos assessment for you. If asbestos is found, we will implement the necessary steps of asbestos removal and asbestos disposal, providing a complete asbestos management service to guarantee your commercial building is safe for everyone.

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