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Safety Simplified is pleased to announce that, following completion of the HSE approved course (Surveying, sampling and assessment of asbestos-containing materials ), we are now able to undertake Asbestos surveys in accordance with MDHS100.

The services of a UKAS accredited laboratory are employed to ensure independent impartial testing of asbestos bulk samples in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive's Methodology for Determining Hazardous Substances document MDHS77, a legislative standard enforced from 21st November 2004.

Reports are provided in both paper and electronic format (PDF) with further facilities available to aid the Client with any necessary ongoing management of asbestos containing materials identified.

A. Legislation
The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (CAWR) has introduced an explicit duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. It applies to you if you have maintenance and repair responsibilities for non-domestic premises either through a contract or tenancy agreement or because you own the premises. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.

'The duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises came into force on 21st May 2004, and requires those in control of premises to:

  • take reasonable steps to determine the location and condition of materials likely to contain asbestos;

  • presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not;

  • make and keep an up to date record of the location and condition of the ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) or presumed ACMs in the premises;

  • assess the risk of exposure from the asbestos and presumed asbestos containing materials;

  • prepare a plan setting out how the risks from the materials are to be managed;

  • take the necessary steps to put the plan into action;

  • review and monitor the plan periodically; and

  • provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.

B. Services
We provide the following services to assist you to comply with the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002

Asbestos Surveys in accordance with MDHS100.

Type 1 - Location and assessment survey (Presumptive survey)
This survey locates the presence, nature and extent of any suspected asbestos-containing materials in the building. No samples are taken to verify the presence of asbestos and therefore materials have to be presumed to be or to contain asbestos - unless there is sufficient evidence to suggest that they are not.

Type 2 - Standard sampling, identification and assessment survey (Sampling Survey)
The procedures used are the same as for Survey Type 1, but with the addition that representative samples are collected and analysed by UKAS accredited laboratories for the presence of asbestos.

C. Asbestos Registers
The location, condition and extent of all Asbestos Containing Materials and suspected Asbestos Containing Materials identified during the course of a survey are recorded in the form of an Asbestos Register. This document allows the person responsible for the building to manage effectively the risk these materials pose to users of the building.

In addition to this information an environmental inspection record for each material identified provides-

Material assessment based on:

The product type
Extent of damage
Surface treatment
Asbestos type
Asbestos fibres

Priority assessment based on:

Maintenance activities
Likelihood of disturbance
Human exposure potential
Occupant activity level

Together these are used to provide a Total Risk Assessment score which will indicate priorities for action for each asbestos or presumed asbestos incident.

The detailed reports provided also include computer annotated building plans, photographic records and detailed recommendations of how to manage any Asbestos Containing Materials identified during the survey. Those areas where non suspect Asbestos Containing Materials are identified are also recorded in the report. The reports are also provided in electronic (portable document format), to further aid Clients with any necessary ongoing management.

D. Long Term Management
Plans Once a register of asbestos containing materials has been compiled, it is important that an effective plan is put in place setting out how the risks of the materials are to be managed.

Should they be a requirement, Long Term Management Plans can be individually tailored around each clientsí existing systems of work and are provided in a comprehensive format ensuring straight forward compliance on a day-to-day basis by all users of the building.

March 2005

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