What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is one of the most toxic materials to have been used in industry and in construction in the last century. It's use has been banned and there are no new applications of asbestos in the EU. We are, however left with a legacy from past use of asbestos including:- the health implications of past and future exposure to asbestos dust, there is a vast amount of asbestos containing material still in the community, and, there are differing public perceptions of the dagers. The challenge for this century is to deal with the remaining material in a safe way.
What am I required to do?
The duty to manage asbestos is contained in The Control of Asbestos Regulations (NI) 2012. It reuires the person who has the duty (i.e. the "duty holder") to identify, assess, record and manage all occurrences of asbestos within their premises.
How can Coral Help?
We are qualified to carry out management surveys (which replace the old Type 1 and Type 2 surveys). These surveys locate ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. We also carry out refurbishment and demolition surveys (which replace the old Type 3 surveys) these are fully intrusive and destructive surveys, carried out on premises prior ot refurbishment or demolition. We can also facilitate the project management of Asbestos removal works.
Coral Environmental conduct full comprehensive detailed reports in line with Asbestos: The Survey Guide (HSG 264).