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Asbestos Surveys

Please Note: This page is in the process of being updated and revised text will follow due to changes in legislation.

All commercial properties and common parts to multi-tenanted residential buildings should by now have had an asbestos survey carried out under the Control of Asbestos at Work Act 2002.  This is a legal requirement.

Appleby Petfield can provide advice and undertake inspections on behalf of any party who requires such an inspection to be undertaken.  Please be aware that if no inspection has been undertaken, this may not show until such time as a sale or transfer of release is required, for which provision of appropriate documentation may be required by legal advisors.

Please note that it is a criminal offence for the information not to be available for inspection.  It is important that such a survey is carried out where one has not previously been undertaken.

Summary of Requirements

Under the Control of Asbestos at Work Act 2002 there is a legal duty for commercial property owners (either freehold or those with long leases) to hold information at the property, regarding the content of materials used in the construction of the building, and particularly whether asbestos based materials are present.

Such information is required to safeguard both direct employees and sub contractors who may be at risk from the use of/or work on the building.

Asbestos surveys are undertaken in categories known as Type 1, Type 2 or Type 3 inspections.

A further (usually Type 3) survey is necessary if the building is due to be demolished or if significant building work is undertaken on part of an existing building.

Please contact Tom or Andrew for further advice.