15 December 2015
Asbestos is still by far the number one cause of workplace-related death in the United Kingdom. The legacy of this ‘wonder product’ is more than 4,000 deaths every year, most due to mesothelioma – a cancer of the lining of the lungs which is only caused by exposure to asbestos.
Peak usage of asbestos in the UK was during the 1960s and 1970s. As mesothelioma only develops between 30 and 50 years after exposure we are starting to see the number of deaths level off but the disease will continue to affect those exposed to asbestos for many years to come.
Asbestos use was eventually banned in 1999 but Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are still present in thousands of buildings throughout the UK. Without an effective management plan the risk of exposure is very real to the occupiers of those buildings.
Since 2002 a legal duty has been placed on non-domestic property owners and anyone with a responsibility for building maintenance to locate ACMs, assess their condition and put into place a management plan to ensure that exposure to asbestos is minimised. Management plans will generally follow a process of assessment, repair or removal and subsequent regular monitoring. However, ACMs are often hidden within voids and risers of a building. Where refurbishment work is planned, which may disturb the fabric of the building, a more intrusive asbestos survey and the managed removal of the ACM is required.
For private and public sector clients throughout the UK, our expert asbestos consultants help ensure compliance with regulations and mitigate any further risk from this product. We hold UKAS accreditation for asbestos surveying and air monitoring and are a registered United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association provider of asbestos awareness courses. Our services include providing due diligence, management plans, programmes of survey and reinspection, and management of large scale removal works.
For further information about regulatory compliance and managing ACMs in your properties please contact Alex McCulloch, Senior Consultant, on 0131 247 5751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.