Bradley Environmental Consultants are UKAS accredited (ISO 17020) to undertake asbestos surveys and inspections.

We have a team of highly trained and qualified asbestos surveyors who undertake regular work throughout the Birmingham and wider West Midlands area including Halesowen, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Tamworth, Nuneaton and Worcester.

Our asbestos survey and analytical services include:

We also offer a range of Asbestos Re-inspection Services and Asbestos Removal Project Management services.

We undertake asbestos management, refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys for a wide range of clients including local councils, housing associations, Birmingham universities, academy schools and colleges, high street retailers, Birmingham NHS trusts, demolition and construction companies and asbestos contractors.

Our Birmingham based asbestos surveyors can also offer Asbestos Sample Testing, Asbestos Fibre Air Monitoring, Management Plans and Asbestos Training including the popular Asbestos Awareness Training course.

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The Government introduced the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 (which superseded CAR2006) in direct response to the mortality rates associated with asbestos exposure, which are currently estimated at around 4000 deaths per year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) hopes to reduce future exposure by ensuring compliance with Regulation 4 (Duty to Manage Asbestos) of CAR2012, whereby the Dutyholder has the responsibility of ensuring the safe management of ACMs within their premises.

The duty is not limited to an asbestos survey, but specific to safely managing asbestos by the implementation of a vigorous management process.

In summary, the Regulation requires that you monitor the condition (i.e. conduct a reinspection) of all ACMs identified within your premises and create an asbestos management plan to outline how you intend to minimise the risks associated with asbestos exposure on your site. 

To ensure compliance with Regulation 4, we strongly advise that annual reinspections of the ACMs identified in your survey and if you have not already done so, create an asbestos management plan in line with the Approved Code of Practice L127 - The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises.

Bradley Environmental have many years' experience undertaking both reinspections and asbestos management plans for a wide range of clients and we would be happy to assist with this aspect of your regulatory compliance.

HSE inspectors are currently seeking evidence of compliance with Regulation 4 when conducting site audits. For more detailed guidance on how to effectively comply with this legislation, please refer to HSE Document A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises (HSG227).

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations CAR (2012) came into force on 6th April 2012. These Regulations bring together the three previous sets of Regulations covering the Prohibition of Asbestos, The Control of Asbestos at Work and Asbestos Licensing.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 has been reviewed due to them failing to comply with the European Asbestos Worker Protection Directive and thus were superseded by CAR 2012.

The changes reflected in Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 relate to Regulation 3 (2). The exclusions from certain provisions, in particular licencing, which allowed too many types of low risk work to be exempt from requirements concerning notification, medical examinations of those undertaking such work and record keeping

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Go to previous quetsion: Are all Asbestos surveys the same?

No, there are three different types of Asbestos Survey:

  • Asbestos Management Survey (formally type 1 and type 2 asbestos survey) – Its purpose is to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building.
  • Pre-Refurbishment Asbestos Survey (formally type 3 asbestos survey) – A pre-refurbishment asbestos survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out.
  • Pre-Demolition Asbestos Survey (formally type 3 asbestos survey) – A pre-demolition asbestos survey is needed before any demolition work is carried out.

The type of Asbestos Survey most appropriate will be dependent on client/property specific requirements and will be established during the survey planning phase.

Note - The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires that the condition of asbestos-based products needs to be re-inspected regularly and records updated accordingly. The frequency of the asbestos inspection regime must not exceed 12 months.

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Yes, all our asbestos reports are written with the building manager in mind. If there's anything in the asbestos report that you're not sure about just ask, we'll be happy to explain.

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That depends on the size and age of your building.

We may be able to quote you over the phone or by email if you have sufficient information (i.e.: building plans or measurements).

Alternatively we can arrange for a free site visit to provide you with a competitive Asbestos survey quotation.

For more information, please click here to contact one of our Asbestos Consultants.

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Go to previous question: Can I survey the building for asbestos myself?

Yes - but only if you are suitably qualified to do so.

The regulations state that the asbestos survey must be carried out by a competent person.

Bradley Environmental have the necessary experience, qualifications and UKAS Accreditation to carry out asbestos surveys safely and competently.

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Go to the previous question: What if i dont have an Asbestos survey carried out?

All employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work, both for their employees, but also others (visitors, the general public, etc). S. 2 of HSWA 1974.

In practical terms, this entails making someone responsible for ensuring that the premises are “safe”. The common term in asbestos for that person is the dutyholder.

To begin to make the premises “safe”, the dutyholder has to have some idea about whether there are any risks present on their premises. With regard to asbestos, a good starting point is to have an asbestos survey done.

Once an asbestos survey has been carried out, the dutyholder can then begin to make and implement plans and systems to ensure the ongoing safety of the occupants, while they are on the premises. In short, they will be managing their risk. This is usually achieved by producing an asbestos management plan.

The asbestos management plan is a formal record of the state of all known asbestos on a site, with both control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk from each occurrence, and perhaps a longer-term plan to remove the risk altogether, by having the asbestos removed in a properly-controlled manner.

Being able to demonstrate that you know and can quantify your risks with regard to asbestos could reduce current and future costs and liabilities.

Ultimately, by removing the asbestos from a premises, you could increase its value (by removing the liability associated with its presence).

If you are the duty holder for a commercial property and you do not have an asbestos survey, you are liable to prosecution.

Failure to comply with the new asbestos regulations may also mean that a prohibition notice is placed on your buildings - effectively closing you down until your workplace is confirmed safe.

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Go to previous question: Why do we need an Asbestos Survey?

The main reason you need an Asbestos Survey is to protect any person, especially workmen, from accidentally exposing themselves and others to asbestos fibres.

If your building was constructed or altered prior to 2000, your building may contain one or more of some 3000 products manufactured that contain asbestos and therefore you will need a survey.

Within the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 it clearly creates a “Duty to manage asbestos” and to manage asbestos you need to know you have got it.  The asbestos survey identifies asbestos and assists the duty holder in the compilation of the management plan.

If you allow persons to disturb asbestos in your property unknowingly you are breaking the law as well as putting the health of those persons and your employees at risk.

There are many documented instances of builders, plumbers and electricians drilling through innocuous panels, or cutting into pipe insulation, only to discover later that a potentially lethal mistake has been made.

The 'Duty to Manage' (Regulation 4) in the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012, is specifically designed to tighten up the law to reduce the risk from asbestos materials present in buildings.

The reason why this is done is to help prevent the loss of lives through lack of knowledge on the whereabouts and condition of asbestos-containing materials.

There are two main types of survey  

The first and most common is the asbestos management survey. This is carried out to identify asbestos, carry out a material risk assessment for each positive occurrence, complete a priority assessment if required and produce an asbestos register in an easy to read format thus helping the duty holder to fulfil their duties.  

The second type is the pre-demolition survey which is done in order to identify any asbestos containing materials so that they may be removed prior to the building being demolished.

There is a variation of the pre-demolition survey and this is called a refurbishment survey.  As the name suggests this is done to a building or specific area of a building prior to any works being undertaken. This is so that any effected asbestos can be removed. 

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When asbestos is in good condition, it poses no significant health risks. In fact one bright spark in America calculated that a person sitting in a building with properly maintained asbestos is more likely to be struck by lightning than to contract an asbestos-related disease.

The danger arises when asbestos is damaged - through bumps and scrapes sustained by any building over the years - or destroyed by cutting, drilling or ripping

When disturbed, asbestos releases airborne fibres which can kill. Individuals working in the building and maintenance trades e.g. builders, plumbers, electricians, cable installers are at greatest risk from asbestos. These people are most likely to work on a building without sufficient knowledge as to where asbestos might be and how to avoid it.

Asbestos fibres are very narrow and are therefore easily breathed in. They do not dissolve and will remain in the lungs for a very long time, perhaps indefinitely. 

All asbestos types are dangerous however some are more hazardous than others.

Brown and blue asbestos have strong stiff fibres. They become easily lodged in the lungs, and our immune systems are unable to break them down. White asbestos has a different structure. This makes it softer and more flexible, making it less hazardous. 

It is rapidly cleared from the lungs but prolonged exposure does cause lung cancer and other conditions. 

Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause several conditions, but the three most well known and most problematic are asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs caused by relatively heavy and regular exposure. It is incurable and can result in death at an early age. It causes scarring of the spongy lung tissue, which restricts lung function, resulting in increasing shortness of breath and a dry cough. 

Asbestosis also increases the risk of lung cancer.

Lung cancer is most commonly known to be caused by tobacco smoke but can also be caused by asbestos. Smoking multiplies the risk of lung cancer to asbestosis sufferers. For example, someone who smokes 20 cigarettes a day is 15 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer than a non-smoker is. If the smoker also works with asbestos, this risk is tripled to 75 times more likely to suffer lung cancer than a non-smoking, non-asbestos worker.

Mesothelioma can be caused by all kinds of asbestos dust, but particularly blue asbestos. It is a cancer of the lining of the lung, or much less commonly the lining of the abdominal cavity, or of the heart. There is a high instance of this disease in asbestos workers, and a much smaller dose is required due to the fibre structure. It may also affect those who washed dust-laden clothing, or who lived close to an asbestos factory. It is incurable and causes a great deal of pain and suffering, with those affected dying approximately 2 years from diagnosis. 

There is a long latent period of around 20 to 40 years between exposure and development of the disease, hence the reason that new cases are still coming to light. The annual total number of mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain is estimated to peak at around 2500 deaths, some time between the years 2011 and 2015.

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