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Are You Breaking The Law ?
You Could Be Liable for Heavy Fines!
Not Knowing is not an exemption!
Are you aware of your legal obligations under 'The Control of Asbestos Regulations, regulation4' Did you know that you could face extensive fines if you carry out work that is in breach of these regulations?
It is estimated that Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM's) may be present in up to half a million premises in the UK and represent serious health risks if the materials are not properly identified and managed. CAR 2006 and revised 2012 were introduced to address, eliminate and manage these risks. Following implementation of the new legalisation and duty to manage, from the 13th November 2006, it became a legal requirement that companies and individuals do not expose themselves, client or their workforce to asbestos in any form, and for an asbestos survey be undertaken prior to the commencement of any work. Further, companies and individuals are legally required to ensure that their workforce are trained in Asbestos Awareness.
Anyone who works on the fabric of a building is at risk of disturbing asbestos. This includes:
electricians, joiners, plumbers, gas fitters, shop fitters, heating and ventilation engineers;
labourers, roofers, plasterers, demolition workers and other workers in construction;
phone and data engineers, alarm installers; and
surveyors, general maintenance engineers, painters and decorators.
HardHat Services provide a full service in respect of CAR 2006 and revised 2012, carrying out surveys prior to the commencement of works, producing a full report meeting HSG264 requirements, and providing impartial advice throughout the period of works. Additionally we are able to provide Asbestos Awareness Training for individuals or groups. All survey work is undertaken in accordance with the British Occupational Hygiene Society's Accreditation by a fully qualified Occupational Hygienist.
The Health and Safety Executive and Environmental Health Department will enforce these regulations, and it is essential therefore that you comply with them. We are happy to provide initial advice and information in respect of your projects to ensure that you carry out the work appropriately and effectively, maintaining the safety of your workforce and meeting all of your legal requirements.
We look forward to hearing from you in due course, and would be pleased to receive your enquiries either by e-mail at the link below, by telephone or post.
Should you wish to discuss your obligations or employ our services please do not hesitate to contact the writer either by email at the link below, by telephone or post.
The Re-inspection of Asbestos
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2006 & revised 2012, require that the condition of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM's) needs to be inspected regularly and records of such materials be updated accordingly in the form of A Management Plan (HSG264). The frequency of the asbestos inspection program can be dictated by the risks the ACM's pose.
It is a fact that ACM's degenerate and the structure can change causing the risk associated with the ACM's to change substantially.
HardHat Services can reinspect previously surveyed properties and premises and update the Asbestos Register/Management Plan (HSG264) electronically or in hard copy. We are also able to provide an ongoing maintenance plan.
Additionally we can incorporate an ongoing review of the Management Plan (HSG264) which H.S.E. guidance states must be undertaken every six months.
HardHat Services operatives are experienced B.O.H.S. Occupational Hygienists holding the P402 Proficiency Certification in Bulk Surveying and Bulk Sampling of Asbestos.
We are able to provide -
We can assess your current asbestos register and its format
Reinspect your sites and update your Management Plan accordingly
Provide advice where there has been changes to ACM's and provide recommendations to obtain/maintain compliance
Provide a program for site inspection and maintenance
Other services include;
Demolition and asbestos removal
Emergency and programmed clearance of drugs paraphernalia
Clearance of pigeon guano and associated insect infestations
Drug needle clearance:- Our fast response clean-up team will clear drug abuse equipment from property; avoid needle stick injury with our site clearance services.
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, regulation 4. CAR revised 2012. 'HSG264 (2010)'.
Type of Survey
There are two types of survey referred to in the HSG264.
Type - Management
The purpose of this survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACM's in the building and assess their condition. This survey essentially defers the need to sample and analyse for asbestos (or the absence thereof) until a later time (e.g. prior to demolition or refurbishment). The duty holder bears potential additional costs of management for some non-asbestos-containing materials. All areas should be accessed and inspected as far as reasonably practicable (e.g. above ceilings and inside riser, service ducts, lift shafts, etc.) or must be presumed to contain asbestos. Any material which can reasonably be expected to contain asbestos must be presumed to contain asbestos, and where it appears highly likely to contain asbestos, there should be a strong presumption that it does. All materials which are presumed to contain asbestos must be assessed.
Type -- Refurbishment/Demolition: Full access sampling and identification survey (pre-demolition/refurbishment)
This type of survey will be required for all work which disturbs the fabric of the building and is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM's in the work area or in the building in the case of demolition and may involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. CAR 2006 regulation 7 requires that 'All ACM's to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before refurbishment or final demolition takes place'. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible ACM's and estimates of the volume and surface area of ACM's made. The survey is designed to be used as a basis for tendering the removal of ACM's from the building prior to demolition or refurbishment so the survey does not assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to note areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be expected to be present.
This is an extract of the "Types of Survey" .
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