Asbestos materials are still located in many thousands of domestic premises throughout the United Kingdom.
All new products containing asbestos were totally banned in the United Kingdom in 1999 but in the previous 50 or so years before the much-needed legislation became law, asbestos was added to a wide variety of products and materials that were used in domestic premises as well as commercial buildings.
Amongst the most commonly used were items such as; Asbestos textured coatings (commonly known as Artex), Asbestos bitumen sink pads located on the bases of stainless steel sink units, Asbestos cement flue pipes and roof sheets on garden sheds and garages, Asbestos ropes and flash pads in electrical fuse boxes, Asbestos thermoplastic floor tiles (Sometimes called Marley tiles), Asbestos boards located behind cookers and fuse boards and asbestos pipe insulation.
Although regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and previously CAWR 2002 and CAR 2006 only pertains to Non-Domestic premises it is important to remember that everyone has a legal and moral duty to protect anyone against the exposure to asbestos materials.
Some examples of this, where legal implications are involved, are the communal areas of shared accommodations such as flats and bedsits. The communal stairwells, plant rooms, shared utility rooms, lifts and access stairs, amongst other areas, to these types of premises are legally required to have in place an asbestos register and assessment of any such areas.
Where major refurbishments or demolition of domestic premises are planned is yet another example where the CAR regulations apply. In these circumstances, an Asbestos Refurbishment/Demolition survey would be required to ensure that no contractors were exposed to asbestos-containing materials during their work. Any asbestos materials detected in such properties usually require the need for to be conducted prior to work commencing.
Our Local and National Asbestos surveyors offer all the following;