Asbestos Surveys for Safety
For every organization to be sure of how safe its premises are for its staff, conducting an asbestos survey is important. Undertaking an asbestos survey for your establishment involves evaluating the amount of asbestos you have on the whole, irrespective of the quantity. Once a professional establishes this level, you will be instructed on the means to take care of it. There are several consultancy places you can approach to help you with this assessment as well as with the results. If you're looking for more tips, https://asbestoskent.co.uk/ has it for you.
There are several kinds of surveys that can be undertaken. The most important of them is the Management Asbestos Survey. Here, the complete organization as well as all its surroundings is taken into account. In this survey, the managerial level of the company including the owner, the manager and the duty in-charge are kept informed on all that is going on. It is the duty of the one conducting the survey to keep all parties informed. The main aim of this survey is to ensure that everyone is kept safe from the ill effects of asbestos. The results of the survey are made known as soon as it is conducted. Based on the extent of asbestos present, a detailed process on how it should be tackled is put forth. Once this is done, there are periodic checks that take place to ensure there is no recurrence or additional disintegration
During the asbestos survey, even regular materials that have a content of asbestos are taken into consideration. It is necessary for the surveyor to look into the extent of the deterioration if there has been any so far. As the management of an organization, you should understand that these surveys cannot be conducted during regular working hours. They have to be done on weekends on when the staff is at the minimum.
When the asbestos is of bad quality, what it does is release particles as well as fibers into nearby areas as this leads to a number of people being affected by it. Regular exposure to asbestos can lead to poisoning even specific types of cancers. The organization that does the survey for you will be able to chart out a means of treatment as well.
Staying Safe from Asbestos
Every organization is legal bound to have a safe premise for their workers. This is from all aspects including that of asbestos exposure. Asbestos has been found to be a class one chemical based carcinogen and therefore there have been specific rules and regulations as far as its control is concerned. These are related to working with asbestos, the supply and use of it, and the licensed removal of asbestos from any premise.
As per the law, it is the responsibility of an organization to have a survey conducted and find all the sources of asbestos on the premises. When this is done, management of it is also a responsibility. Legal liability for the risks for the management is also in place. One of the main reasons such laws are in effects is to make reasonable efforts towards protection from over exposure. This is especially in cases where people may be exposed while working, repairing or installing things on the premises.
These laws were also spurred by the fact that there are several workers who suffer from mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer that is caused by over exposure to asbestos. An asbestos survey can be to evaluate a building which serves a commercial or residential purpose and to eliminate any presence of the substance. It can also be done for buildings that are going to be torn down to ensure that the professionals involved in the job are not over-exposed.
There are agencies that are certified by the concerned governmental authorities who will come over and conduct these surveys. You have to make sure that it is done at a time when there are close to no one on the premises. These professionals will first assess the space from a general perspective. Following this they will look around in detail - into every rafter, attic and opening that is visible to the eye and which is a bit hidden. They will make a detailed assessment of the place and will provide you with suggestions on how you can counter the presence of any asbestos.
In some cases the asbestos can be completely removed while in others it is not possible as it may endanger the structure itself. In such cases, you will be given a thorough briefing on how it can be contained and how you have to keep a track of its deterioration. All of these will work towards your legal obligation.
Asbestos can be a source of great danger to those who work with it or have been exposed to it. Old houses and buildings that were built between the years 1950 and 1973 could just test positive for the presence of asbestos. Once damaged or disturbed, the materials that release the asbestos fibers into the air may cause serious lung disorders when inhaled.
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