FAQs

We’ve compiled responses to some of the most frequently asked questions from our commercial, domestic and industrial customers.

There are over 3,000 known products that may contain asbestos. It’s heaviest use in the construction industry was from 1945 – 1980, however the materials use was not banned until 1999, so any buildings built pre-2000 could potentially contain the hazardous material. Asbestos was used for a number of jobs such as; floor tiles, pipe lagging, textured paints (Artex), internal partitions, central heating systems, roofs, gutters, rainwater downpipes, cement cladding, fire protection to structural steelwork, fuse boxes, bitumen products and many, many more.

All types of asbestos pose a risk to health, namely through the inhalation of released fibres into the air. However Brown and Blue Asbestos (Amosite and Crocidolite) pose a greater risk to health than White Asbestos (Chrysotile). The danger imposed also depends on the “friability” of the asbestos product itself.

Friability refers to the ability of the product to release asbestos fibres into the air. Products like sprayeds coatings and insulating boards have a high friability compared to other asbestos products like textured decorative coatings or PVC vinyl floor tiles.

With regards to an asbestos survey, an ACM, or asbestos containing material, are construction materials either known to contain asbestos, or presumed to contain asbestos.

As set out in Regulation 4 of the CAR 2012, the Dutyholder must take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in. They must also make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos- containing materials – or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos. Following this they must prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed, and periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date.

Every person who has, by virtue of a contract or tenancy, an obligation of any extent in relation to the maintenance or repair of non-domestic premises or any means of access or egress to or from those premises. Or, in relation to any part of a non-domestic premises where there is no such contract or tenancy, every person who has, to any extent, control of that part of those non-domestic premises or any means of access or egress to or from those premises.

Asbestos is the common name for a variety of naturally occurring silicate minerals that are fibrous in structure. There are six types of asbestos which fall into two category’s of fibre type. The two asbestos fibre types are Serpentine (curly, wavy fibres) and Amphibole (needle like fibres). Of the six types of asbestos the three most commercially utilised are;

  • Chrysotile (White – Serpentine),
  • Amosite (Brown – Amphibole), and;
  • Crocidolite (Blue – Amphibole).

Asbestos would be a great building product were it not for the huge health risks. It has a high resistance to heat and many chemicals and was the building material of choice in the 1960’s to the mid ’70’s in the UK – before the potentially deadly properties of asbestos were known. Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos.

Absolutely. Asbestos could potentially be present in any commercial or residential structure constructed or renovated before the year 2000.

Usually, there are two types of surveys: a management asbestos survey and a refurbishment/demolition survey. To determine the appropriate survey for your situation, you can refer to our services page or reach out to us for guidance.

We typically aim to be onsite and initiate the survey within a matter of days. Our priority is to conduct the survey promptly and with utmost professionalism to minimise any inconvenience for our clients.

Usually, it takes around 1-2 hours. The exact timing depends on the type of survey and the property’s size. Following the survey, we can provide the reports in as little as 48 hours.

Our reports are typically ready within 2-3 working days following the site survey.

The exact time for results depends on the laboratory, usually taking a few days. However, in urgent cases, we can provide same-day results for emergencies.

No, we do not provide asbestos removal services, in line with HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommendations. It is considered a conflict of interest for a company performing asbestos surveys to also handle removal. This approach helps maintain the integrity of the process and prevent any potential bias or misadvising.

However, we know of several accredited asbestos removal contractors who are properly licensed and qualified. We can refer you to them for removal based on our survey reports, and there’s no cost for this referral.

No, if the asbestos-containing material is in good condition, it’s safe to leave it as is. Removal is considered a last resort and our approach as surveyors is to prioritise other solutions.

In short, no. Asbestos is safe when undisturbed and in good condition, ideally sealed. Our focus is on minimising risks, and removal is only recommended as a last option. Asbestos management plans guide you on the best steps for handling your asbestos.

Usually, a 50% deposit is collected before the survey. The remaining payment is due before receiving the report.

You can pay using Debit Card, Credit Card, or Bank Transfer (online banking). We aim to make it convenient for you.

If you’ve had an asbestos survey, the report will offer recommendations. However, it’s crucial to consult a qualified asbestos surveyor or consultant for expert advice. They will suggest the best and most cost-effective solution. If the asbestos is in good condition, it might be safe to leave it, but if it’s damaged, removal might be necessary.

Yes, as long as asbestos-containing materials are undisturbed, they aren’t hazardous. If the asbestos is in good condition, we’ll evaluate it and you can keep it in place. Our survey report provides specific recommendations.

According to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, non-domestic properties have specific responsibilities. If the commercial property was constructed or refurbished before 1999, an asbestos survey is mandatory. If you lack a survey, we’re here to assist. Contact us for more information.

The cost depends on the survey type and the property’s size. Contact us, and we’ll provide you with a customised quote based on your project. We ensure the survey is tailored to your needs for the best value.

If you own or manage a non-domestic property constructed or renovated before 2000, it’s required by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 to conduct an asbestos survey. If uncertain, feel free to contact us for guidance on complying with the law.

Typically, property owners are accountable for asbestos management. This responsibility applies to the premises or even common areas of multi-occupied buildings. Landlords and managing agents should refer to their contracts to ascertain responsibility. If you’re the duty holder, it’s essential to perform a risk assessment and establish an asbestos management plan to minimise exposure risk. The initial step is the asbestos management survey.

At Enviro Guard, we prioritise your convenience. We’re flexible to accommodate your schedule, including working outside regular hours. Depending on the type of survey, it might require vacant rooms to be accessed. Rest assured, we strive to minimise any inconvenience.

For management asbestos surveys, there’s minimal intrusion and sampling focuses on visible areas. However, refurbishment/demolition surveys involve thorough checks for hidden asbestos across all surfaces. However, the structural integrity of the building will not be affected. Our goal is to prevent unexpected issues during your planned projects.

Absolutely, due to the serious risks associated with asbestos removal, proper qualifications, training, knowledge, and experience are mandatory for those engaged in professional asbestos removal.

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