If you are a shop fitter, painter, decorator, kitchen or bathroom fitter, plumber or electrician, then you probably know already that you have a frequent risk of coming into contact with asbestos.
Any building built before 1999 presents a potential risk to you in relation to asbestos exposure.
We can protect you, and your colleagues, and customers by ensuring that your working environment is safe. If there is any doubt, let us get in there and make certain, before a single tool is used to disturb anything. It’s not a case of will it affect the job? It may save your life!
If there is no asbestos, then that’s good to know. It lets you focus on the job in hand. If there is asbestos, then we can reassure you of its state, and advise on your options for remaining safe. Asbestos doesn’t always have to be removed – it could be avoided, or made safe if working in the immediate area. Or we can organise its removal. The exact solution will depend on a range of factors, so it is worth having expertise on your side.
Environmental Inspection can also provide asbestos awareness training to trades persons, to help them understand the risks.
Contact us for any asbestos related advice.
What should you look for?
If your customer has an asbestos survey, then this is worth reviewing. But please bear in mind that it is unlikely to be comprehensive. There may be additional spaces and materials to check. A standard asbestos management survey will not have dug beneath the surface. Such as survey should not be taken as reassurance in relation to any refurbishment / demolition works that affect the building surfaces. This means anything that involves penetrating surface materials (drilling, opening up voids, or removing material, or of course demolition).
If you are doing any drilling, or removal of materials, then you absolutely must check that these materials are certified as safe, and non-asbestos containing.
If you are not shown a refurbishment / demolition survey report specific to your planned works, and the building was built before 1999, then you are at risk. Not just in terms of your safety, but if something was to happen and the HSE were to investigate, you could be subjected to prosecution.
What can you do?
Recommend that your customer contacts a trusted, trained and experienced asbestos surveyor.
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Environmental Inspection team members have the following credentials:
- Prince2 qualified project manager.
- Degree – (Bachelor of Applied Science) in Environmental Management.
- NEBOSH Health & Safety qualification.
- BOHS qualifications (British Occupational Health and Hygiene Society) in surveying, sampling, and monitoring.
- P405 Management of Asbestos in Buildings.
- P402 Proficiency Certificate in Buildings Surveys and Bulk Sampling of Asbestos.
- P403 Proficiency Certificate in Asbestos Fibre Counting (PCM).
- P404 Proficiency Certificate in Air Sampling of Asbestos and MMMF and requirements for a Certificate of Re-occupation.
- CSCS card and Electrical Safety Awareness.
- Experience in asbestos surveying, analysis and coordination of remedial and removal works.
- Experience in building facilities and environment.
- Environmental Inspection is a full member of the National Organisation of asbestosConsultants (NORAC).
- Gold Members of Constructionline, which includes the highest level of assessment of our Health & Safety practice.
Guidance for trades people
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes a range of guides aimed specifically at trades people, related to their potential exposure to asbestos.
Available from this link they include:
- Asbestos essentials: A task manual for building, maintenance and allied trades of non-licensed asbestos work.
- Managing and working with asbestos: Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.
- Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide.
- Managing asbestos in buildings: A brief guide.