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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 applies to all non-domestic buildings constructed before 1999.

As the dutyholder you have specific responsibilities for managing your asbestos containing materials or risk prosecution by the HSE.

AUKS 12 steps to successfully managing asbestos

  • Identify where asbestos containing materials are located and what condition they are in by carrying out an asbestos ‘management survey’.
  • Provide the results in an easy to read format to anyone carrying out maintenance work or cleaning by compiling an ‘asbestos register’.
  • Control access to and work carried out on your buildings using the asbestos register.
  • Ensure your maintenance staff, IT staff and external contractors undergo ‘asbestos awareness training’.
  • Carry out a ‘priority risk assessment’ to enable you to directly compare different asbestos containing materials.
  • Prepare a written ‘management plan’ describing who is responsible for what, your procedures for the day-to-day and project management of asbestos containing materials, your ‘action plan’ with timescales, your emergency procedures and your methods of recording training and asbestos incidents.
  • Carry out regular ‘re-inspections’ of your asbestos containing materials to monitor their condition.
  • Update the asbestos register and management plan following a re-inspection, repair or removal.
  • Review your procedures following an incident, staff or legislation change.
  • Plan works that will involve replacement, refurbishment or disturbance to the structure of the building and carry out a ‘refurbishment and demolition’ survey.
  • Remove asbestos containing materials that have been identified by the ‘refurbishment and demolition survey or the priority risk assessment as medium to high risk.
  • Communicate openly with staff and allocate adequate resources for the management of asbestos.
 

AUKS system of management

Asbestos management surveys carried out by experienced, qualified  and insured staff using a combination of visual inspection and sampling. The report contains detailed building descriptions, areas inspected, photographs, bulk analysis certificates, sample locations and full recommendations for managing each identified asbestos containing material.

Asbestos Register containing a summary of information directly relevant to anyone carrying out work on the premises. Designed to be instantly recognisable for the location of each identified asbestos containing material detailing risk, who is allowed to disturb it, whether the material is licensed and notifiable to the HSE, when it is due for re-inspection with blank areas for recording any work which has taken place in between annual re-inspections such as labelling or painting.

Asbestos Management Plan including public policy statement, priority risk assessments with action plan, timescales and costs, detailed in-house procedures for day-to-day maintenance and project works, emergency procedures for staff, contractors and senior management, contact details for staff, asbestos removal contractors and analysts, list of other procedures which need to reference the plan - such as staff induction, template for recording staff training and suspected exposure following an incident.

Asbestos Awareness & Management Training for key staff lasting two hours with multiple choice exam paper and certificates of attendance delivered not by a trainer but by a surveyor with practical, hands-on experience. Topics covered include:

  • What is asbestos and how it was used
  • Types of Asbestos
  • Health Effects and diseases
  • Asbestos legislation
  • Typical locations within buildings
  • Licensed and non-licensed, notifiable and non-notifiable materials
  • Management of asbestos
  • Asbestos surveys, registers and management plans
  • Material & Priority risk assessment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Asbestos removal

This complete system has been designed by Asbestos UK Surveys and is in-use with a proven track record in many organisations. We update it regularly as legislation changes and in our endeavour for continuous improvement.

 

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Commercial Case Studies
 

INEOS Compounds Aycliffe Ltd (formerly Doeflex Vitapol), Swindon

Industrial Units 1 to 5, client since 2008 to current day

2008 to 2013 Annual asbestos re-inspection survey, adhoc sampling and advice

2014 Asbestos awareness training for SHE manager and key staff

2015 Asbestos Management Plan, policies and procedures implemented

Ecotricity, Stroud

Portfolio of office buildings and industrial sites

2012 Asbestos management survey of former Stroud & Swindon HQ building

2013 Asbestos re-inspection surveys and new registers for all current premises

2014 Asbestos refurbishment and demolition survey at Merrywalks House

2015 Asbestos RAD survey at Q Park

2016 Asbestos re-inspection surveys of all premises

2017 Asbestos awareness & management training for facilities and projects staff, management plan, policies and procedures implemented

Oxfam Property Services

Asbestos sampling, management and refurbishment and demolition surveys carried out at literally hundreds of Oxfam retail and commercial premises throughout the UK from Penzance to Glasgow, client since 2004 to current day.