Helping organisations protect individuals from the risks associated with exposure to asbestos.
If you are responsible for the maintenance of non-domestic premises, you have a duty to manage any asbestos within these buildings. You also have the responsibility to protect anyone using or working within the premises from the risks associated with the exposure to asbestos.
Priority 1 offers asbestos surveys and/or asbestos management plans. Once the surveys are conducted and the priority and material assessments determined, the outlined management plan can be initiated and maintained.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 places an explicit duty on all those responsible for workplaces to have a plan for managing asbestos on the premises. This is so that your workforce, visitors to your premises and contractors can be protected from the health hazards associated with exposure to airborne asbestos fibres.
The Asbestos Management Plan must be a written document identifying the asbestos management strategy, those responsible for the management and the arrangements which are in place to make sure that policy is effective.
At Priority 1 we can assist you from the beginning of the process by completing a survey of the premises and undertaking assessments of analysed samples. We can then create the asbestos register and commence the management process.
Priority 1 and our contractors will ensure that a suitable survey is completed which identifies asbestos in visible locations or presumed in locations which cannot be accessed. To ensure the quality of the survey and sample analysis Priority 1 will only use contractors accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to ISO/IEC 17020. We will carry out the survey to a method accepted by UKAS, the HSE’s HSG264, Asbestos: The survey guide.
The survey and the determined priority and material assessments will form the basis of the new management plan. Asbestos removal may be a requirement, however other measures may also be appropriate, including treatment, encapsulation or continued management. Priority 1 is equipped to organise and manage whichever course of action is required going forward.
With the management plan complete, a timetable for condition assessment can be put together. This requires a qualified member of the Priority 1 staff visiting the premises and assessing the condition of all the asbestos identified in the survey. Where the condition of the material has changed, a report will be compiled which details the new risk level and makes recommendations regarding any changes to the ongoing management process.
In some instances, removal of asbestos is the only option. This is due to its location or condition or because required works are likely to cause disturbance. At Priority 1, we can manage the removal process for you, by appointing competent contractors, developing a timetable for the work to reduce the disruption and closely managing the budget for the removal process.
The management process will include preparation of a removal specification, arranging quotes from approved contractors, overseeing works on site and ensuring independent air testing prior to the production of the Certificate of Re-Occupation.