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We work with clients across all sectors to help ensure that the buildings they own are fully compliant with current UK laws and regulations, and asbestos risks are suitably managed.
We’re one of the leading providers of asbestos surveys in the UK and offer nationwide coverage to our customers. When you request an asbestos survey, you’ll be serviced by one of our strategically positioned asbestos management specialists from their locations in London, Stafford and Edinburgh. This means wherever your properties are based, EDP will be able to help you.
Why Does Your Business Need An Asbestos Survey?
If you own business properties such as offices, manufacturing plants, retail units, storage sites or any other commercial premises, you have a duty of care to your staff and the public to ensure that if your premises contain asbestos, it is suitably managed. Not only that, but it’s a legal requirement too. An independent asbestos survey can help your business minimise risk to public health and safety, whilst also ensuring your full compliance with the law and current regulations.Asbestos became a banned substance when used for building materials in 1999, so any properties built up to the year 2000 could have asbestos containing materials (ACMs) present. It mainly becomes problematic when materials that contain it get disturbed and the fibres become airborne, so it’s very important to know if asbestos is present so that you can implement a strategy to effectively deal with it. If needed, you may even have to remove it. It’s particularly important to have an asbestos survey conducted if you’re about to have some building work done or if you suspect your building may have asbestos within it.
There are a variety of types of asbestos, however the most common are referred to as blue, brown and white asbestos. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can result in serious health conditions and disease which in some cases may prove fatal. It’s therefore imperative that any asbestos present is properly managed and controlled. You also have a legal obligation to identify and manage the risks posed by asbestos, in-line with ‘The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’. You can identify these risks and create a robust plan of action, following one of our asbestos surveys.
In short, if your building was built before the year 2000, an asbestos survey is the only way of knowing for sure whether asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are present, the measures you need to take to ensure everyone’s continued safety and also if an asbestos removal service will be required.
What Does An EDP Asbestos Survey Consist Of?
An asbestos survey through EDP is designed to locate, assess and identify materials that contain asbestos. Our surveys can be included as a critical part of your health and safety plans and will allow you to have greater control over your sites, whilst also assisting with your HSE compliance. The work we undertake will help identify whether asbestos is present and, if so, what you need to do about it.
Depending on the nature of the work your planning to do, you’ll likely need one of the following:
Asbestos Management Survey
This survey is to find out if asbestos is present and, if so, to help you create an asbestos register and subsequent asbestos management plan.
Asbestos Refurbishment Survey
This survey is needed if you’re planning to carry out work to change fabric, fixtures, fittings or décor of your building.
Asbestos Demolition Survey
This survey is necessary if you’re planning to demolish all or part of your building.
All of our surveyors who undertake these surveys are highly trained, qualified and experienced. If you choose to have EDP conduct your asbestos survey, you can rest assured our consultants undertake the necessary control measures to protect themselves and anyone else who may be affected by the survey, whilst it’s taking place too. They will perform extensive inspections and report back key information such as the following:
- Accurate details concerning the location of any asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
- The extent of the asbestos present.
- The condition of any asbestos containing materials.
- Recommendations on the risks highlighted
- Outlines of any action required.
- Recommended actions and timescales for remedial work
We are UKAS accredited for our management surveys, refurbishment surveys and demolition surveys. We’re proud of our UKAS accreditation and you’ll benefit from our additional expertise and performance capability. Being UKAS accredited means EDP have been assessed according to international standards so you have the peace of mind to know that our inspections and surveys are industry leading.
We are also UKAS accredited for site re-inspections. When your property has been previously surveyed, and asbestos has been identified, you need to ensure regular and ongoing checks are carried out to stay compliant with the HSE requirements for managing asbestos. We can make this process as efficient as possible for you, by conducting your re-inspections and helping you to update and review your management plan, in line with ‘The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’.
Despite the ban on using asbestos materials in buildings, that came in to force in 1999, some brownfield sites, post-2000, could contain asbestos. Our experienced surveyors can help you identify contaminated sites through stringent sampling and testing. If asbestos is present, we can help you to identify risks and put in to place processes and procedures for safe working on these sites. A soil survey through EDP could save you time, money and help to avoid many health and safety implications.
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