An asbestos report is an incredibly important document for properties where asbestos has been discovered, no matter if the property in question is commercial or residential. The more aware everyone is of the presence of asbestos the safer they will be.
In the construction, electric, or plumbing trades this is especially important as they have the biggest risk of coming into contact with asbestos-containing materials within their daily activities. An asbestos report provides crucial information about where the asbestos is located within a property, the type, and its condition.
What is the report for?
An asbestos report is a safety procedure ensuring everyone working in a building is fully made aware of any asbestos risks and the precautions that must be taken into account. This includes asbestos-related information within a risk assessment and the preparation of an asbestos register.
As asbestos is an extremely dangerous material, a thorough asbestos survey Manchester needs to be conducted by a professional asbestos removal company that specialise in asbestos removal services. Upon completion of the survey, the report becomes available detailing all of the findings. This report traditionally contains major points around the asbestos found, the condition of the materials, its location and analysis of a sample taken for asbestos testing in an approved laboratory.
Why a report is required?
In the UK, as part of regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, any non-domestic property that was constructed pre-2000 must have an asbestos report completed (as a minimum this should be an asbestos management survey report). This ensures that the risks associated with asbestos-containing materials are address and the structure can be maintained in a safe condition on a day-to-day basis.
Asbestos reports are generally required for older properties built before the turn of the century. Asbestos was banned from use in construction in 1999 but it still occupies a large percentage of homes within the UK built before this period.
Additional refurbishment / demolition reports are required when any pre-2000 domestic or commercial property has any construction or renovation work planned. According to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, an asbestos inspection Manchester (re-inspections or planned preventative maintenance (PPM) survey) is required at regular intervals for commercial, industrial, educational or communal spaces of domestic housing blocks / properties, and any information on that inspection is to be updated within the report.
Asbestos reports are essential for all trade jobs where working around the presence of asbestos is certain. Construction-based roles have a higher chance of coming into contact with asbestos within properties and have a higher fatality rate from asbestos-related illness as a result.
Asbestos, when disturbed, releases highly lethal fibres into the breathable air that begins to settle into the lungs and do extensive and irreversible damage. An asbestos report is therefore required as a prevention strategy for workers or anyone occupying the area from being harmed by disturbed or damaged asbestos-containing materials.