Certain types of asbestos were not fully prohibited until 1999 and many asbestos containing materials were still manufactured until the mid-1990s, as an asbestos survey is a legal requirement for all non-domestic properties constructed before 2000. Want to learn more? visit.
The main explanation for this is that asbestos was used as part of the ingredients of other non-containing materials, such as: containing floor tiles and adhesives, containing linos, containing paper, containing textured coatings (commonly known as Artex), containing putty, containing sealants, containing floor bath pa pa
Prior to any employed person working on a domestic or commercial property, an asbestos survey is a legal necessity. If only a small portion is due for modification, the asbestos survey does not need to be done on the entire land. For example, if those are the only rooms that are going to be worked in, you can carry out and inspect only the kitchen or bathroom. The basic requirement is that if the building’s fabric is to be disrupted, an inspection of the containing materials should precede this disruption.
There are roughly between 0.5 million and 2 million commercial buildings still containing materials, quoting HSE figures released in 2010. BRE’s Llewellyn indicated that some asbestos is found in 75% of commercial buildings. This involves corner stores, bars, offices, warehouses, industrial buildings, simple work units, high street shops, hotels, and can literally be found everywhere, everywhere, in any workplace.
There are approximately 2.4 million domestic properties with materials containing asbestos (this includes apartments, flats and bungalows).
Increasingly, insurance firms and lawyers are calling for an asbestos survey to be undertaken prior to the completion of the sale of properties constructed prior to 2000.
5000 people (nearly 14 people every day) are predicted to die of an asbestos-related disease this year. This would have risen to 12000 individuals a year by around 2020 (nearly 33 individuals per day).
Those employed in the construction and related trades are the highest risk classes of individuals.
Using Transmission Electron Microscopy, it was shown that 60% of plumbers surveyed were exposed to it in the field, although company records only showed that 20% worked with materials containing it.
A correctly performed asbestos survey (be it a refurbishment asbestos survey, pre-demolition survey that superseded the type 2 survey or management survey-which superseded the type 2 survey) may prevent these exposures, but the inspection must be in place before work begins. This is why the HSE made it a legal mandatory obligation that annual asbestos awareness training be provided to individuals in charge of building premises and others in the building and allied trade, including contractors, plumbers , electricians, surveyors, architects, carpenters, shop fitters and demolition operators.