Knight Specialist Services, a leading provider in asbestos surveys and testing, recently completed a significant project in the Glossop area. Their expertise was sought for a property at 13 Bernard Street, Glossop, which houses NSPP Vocational Training. This unique building features a two-storey residential flat on the first floor and a modern office space on the ground floor.
Modernisation and Asbestos-Free Assurance
The recent modernisation of this building played a crucial role in the survey outcomes. Due to the building’s recent updates, Knight Specialist Services’ thorough inspection and testing process revealed no presence of asbestos. This result is particularly noteworthy as it underscores the building’s compliance with current health and safety standards, ensuring a safe environment for both residents and office workers. The absence of asbestos in a recently modernised building like this is a testament to current construction practices’ focus on safety and sustainability.
The Asbestos Management Survey
For this project, Knight Specialist Services employed an Asbestos Management Survey. This type of survey is particularly suited for maintaining a property’s safety and compliance. It involves a detailed examination of the building to identify any presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that could be disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation.
Importance of Asbestos Management Surveys in Commercial Properties
Conducting an Asbestos Management Survey is crucial for commercial properties, particularly those like the one at 13 Bernard Street, which have both residential and commercial spaces. The survey is essential for:
Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations: It ensures that the property complies with health and safety regulations, particularly the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Risk Assessment and Management: It helps in assessing the risk of any asbestos present and formulating a management plan to prevent its disturbance.
Safety of Occupants: The survey prioritises the safety of the building’s occupants, whether residents, employees, or visitors, by identifying and managing any asbestos-related risks.
Maintenance and Renovation Works: It provides crucial information for any future maintenance or renovation works, ensuring that no ACMs are disturbed unknowingly.
Knight Specialist Services’ successful survey at NSPP Vocational Training’s premises in Glossop is a clear demonstration of their commitment to safety, compliance, and professionalism. Our expertise in conducting Asbestos Management Surveys ensures that buildings are not only compliant with regulations but also provide a safe environment for all occupants.
In the United Kingdom, the management and handling of asbestos are governed by several pieces of legislation. The primary regulations are:
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012): This is the key regulation that provides the legal framework for managing asbestos safely. It covers a wide range of asbestos-related activities, including its use, prohibition, licensure, and duties to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. The regulations also outline the necessary training for those working with asbestos.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: While not specific to asbestos, this Act places a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes taking steps to control asbestos exposure.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: These regulations require employers to conduct risk assessments and take appropriate action to mitigate risks, including those related to asbestos.
The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 and The Special Waste Regulations 1996 (Scotland): These regulations cover the disposal of asbestos waste.
For more information and guidance on asbestos management and regulations in the UK, the following websites are useful resources:
Health and Safety Executive (HSE): hse.gov.uk/asbestos
- The HSE website provides comprehensive information on asbestos, including legal obligations, how to manage asbestos in premises, and guidance on asbestos licensing.
- This government portal offers guidance on dealing with asbestos in homes, including identifying asbestos, risks, and how to dispose of it safely.
Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA): arca.org.uk
- ARCA is involved in setting standards and providing training and support for those in the asbestos removal industry. Their website contains information on finding a licensed contractor and industry best practices.
The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS): bohs.org
- BOHS provides information and resources related to occupational hygiene, including asbestos. It is a valuable resource for professionals seeking training and qualifications in asbestos management and control.
These resources offer detailed and up-to-date information on asbestos regulations, management practices, and health and safety guidelines in the UK.