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Tenancy arrangements and how responsibilities may be allocated or shared

The duty to manage and remove asbestos from a property is the sole responsibility of the owner if you live in a rented property. This means that the owner needs to put into place any practical steps that are necessary to prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres. It doesn’t necessarily mean asbestos, if it is contained should be removed. So as a duty holder how should you comply?

  • Firstly you would need to find out whether or not your property contains any asbestos, and if it does, what type of condition it is in. If you are in doubt as to whether any of the materials in the building contain asbestos then always presume they do and initiate professional advice.
  • An expert who deals with asbestos management would investigate any risk to the premises and work force or inhabitants. Asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed so as long as it is managed appropriately then it will not present any health hazards.
  • A plan should then be put into place that manages this risk coupled with how it will be acted upon. Not all ACM’s present the same dangers to your health so measures can be put into place to control rather than remove the risk.
  • Information should then be provided to all of the employees, or contractors who could disturb and then expose the asbestos. A professional team will then put the appropriate safety controls in while any work is done and the asbestos is removed.

The Tricky Places Asbestos May Be Hiding in the Workplace

Many people think that asbestos is only present in roofing, and therefore if they know what the roofing or insulation materials in non-domestic premises are, feel confident that they are asbestos free.

However, this is far from the truth, because asbestos can be hiding in many other locations. In fact, asbestos surveys at non-domestic premises can easily find asbestos in dozens of other locations. This is due to the fact that there can be insulation in many surprising places inside the structure of the workplace.

Asbestos survey reports from Artisan Surveyors will easily identify the hidden spots where asbestos may be hiding in your workplace. In case you have any doubts about the worth of a survey, here are some of the places where it may be concealed.

First of all, asbestos can be found on sprayed coatings, which can include ceilings, but also columns and beams. Any loose fill insulation may have asbestos, as well as lagging that is found around pipes and boilers in a building. Some water tanks have asbestos cement forming their foundation and insulation, making them another issue that is included in any asbestos management document.

It may surprise you to learn that even the toilet cistern and the toilet seat can potentially house asbestos in a building. Fire door AIB panels often have asbestos in them, as do AIB partition walls, so it is important to make sure that these potentially lifesaving installations do not cause health issues down the road, by replacing them if they start to age or deteriorate prematurely.

Environmental Concerns Surrounding Asbestos & Asbestos Removal

Due to the large number of asbestos awareness campaigns that have run over the years, most people are now conversant with at least some of the various health risks that asbestos can cause. For this reason, most people are quick to call a company that is trained in asbestos management if they think they have an issue with their homes. However, while health is a large factor in asbestos removal, the environment should be another important concern.
Not all companies are the same when it comes to proper removal and destruction of asbestos, and you want to make sure that you work with one that is considerate of the environment. We take asbestos surveys very seriously at Artisan Surveyors, because we are aware of the many different risks that come into play when dealing with this substance. Here are just a few which you may not have thought about.
Asbestos is considered a carcinogen, or cancer causing element, for any person (or any animal) that breathes in fibres that may be present the air. Therefore, it must be carefully removed in order to protect everyone, from humans to their pets, that encounters it. During removal, asbestos must be carefully placed into sealed bags and labelled clearly. It also has to be disposed of at landfills that are equipped to handle asbestos, to prevent it from entering and contaminating soil, water, and the air.
For this reason, instead of handling asbestos on your own, it is always best to hire a professional service like Artisan Surveyors. We are aware of all of the health and environmental risks associated with asbestos removal; talk to us today if you require further information.

The Tricky Places Asbestos May Be Hiding in the Workplace

Many people think that asbestos is only present in roofing, and therefore if they know what the roofing or insulation materials in non-domestic premises are, feel confident that they are asbestos free.

However, this is far from the truth, because asbestos can be hiding in many other locations. In fact, asbestos surveys at non-domestic premises can easily find asbestos in dozens of other locations. This is due to the fact that there can be insulation in many surprising places inside the structure of the workplace.

Asbestos survey reports from Artisan Surveyors will easily identify the hidden spots where asbestos may be hiding in your workplace. In case you have any doubts about the worth of a survey, here are some of the places where it may be concealed.

First of all, asbestos can be found on sprayed coatings, which can include ceilings, but also columns and beams. Any loose fill insulation may have asbestos, as well as lagging that is found around pipes and boilers in a building. Some water tanks have asbestos cement forming their foundation and insulation, making them another issue that is included in any asbestos management document.

It may surprise you to learn that even the toilet cistern and the toilet seat can potentially house asbestos in a building. Fire door AIB panels often have asbestos in them, as do AIB partition walls, so it is important to make sure that these potentially lifesaving installations do not cause health issues down the road, by replacing them if they start to age or deteriorate prematurely.

Raising Awareness about the Risks of Asbestos

Although there was originally a lot of press about the risk of asbestos exposure during the seventies and eighties, when it was first discovered that asbestos was linked to many lung diseases, today many people do not often think about it. Sadly, the same people who may not think about asbestos may have the materials lurking in their homes. This is especially true if they live in older homes that have never completed an asbestos survey.

If your home is in a neighbourhood with older homes where asbestos has been found, then it is important that you too consider hiring someone properly trained in asbestos survey techniques to come out and take a look. Asbestos awareness is very important to this day; even if you are not tearing down an attic or area of insulation now, in the future you may decide to, and asbestos is not something you want to uncover accidentally .

By being properly informed beforehand about the presence of asbestos in a home, you can then have it removed by a team of professionals from Artisan Surveyors. We are huge advocates of asbestos removal awareness, because we know the many health threats it can pose to family, and even pets, within a home.

Some of the risks of asbestos exposure include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and COPD. There are many more, and in most cases, once these conditions develop they are not curable. Therefore, make the right decision and instead of guessing, make sure your home is asbestos free once and for all. Call Artisan Surveyors today for more information.

Environmental Concerns Surrounding Asbestos & Asbestos Removal

Due to the large number of asbestos awareness campaigns that have run over the years, most people are now conversant with at least some of the various health risks that asbestos can cause. For this reason, most people are quick to call a company that is trained in asbestos management if they think they have an issue with their homes. However, while health is a large factor in asbestos removal, the environment should be another important concern.

Not all companies are the same when it comes to proper removal and destruction of asbestos, and you want to make sure that you work with one that is considerate of the environment. We take asbestos surveys very seriously at Artisan Surveyors, because we are aware of the many different risks that come into play when dealing with this substance. Here are just a few which you may not have thought about.

Asbestos is considered a carcinogen, or cancer causing element, for any person (or any animal) that breathes in fibres that may be present the air. Therefore, it must be carefully removed in order to protect everyone, from humans to their pets, that encounters it. During removal, asbestos must be carefully placed into sealed bags and labelled clearly. It also has to be disposed of at landfills that are equipped to handle asbestos, to prevent it from entering and contaminating soil, water, and the air.

For this reason, instead of handling asbestos on your own, it is always best to hire a professional service like Artisan Surveyors. We are aware of all of the health and environmental risks associated with asbestos removal; talk to us today if you require further information.

Keep the Volume Low and the Production Levels High in the Workplace

Employees that feel safe at work are more likely to put in an industrious day’s work, but you may have employees that are uncomfortable without you realising it. In fact, your employees may not realise it either. This is because noise pollution is not always easy to detect. Over time, noise can quickly become what is called white noise, just a steady sound that seems to fade into the background. However, even a less obvious sound can be dangerous, especially if it is over a certain threshold.

In fact, steady noise that is above safe decibels can actually lead to long term health problems such as migraines, aches, mood disorders and more. In many cases, people do not recognise that their problems are being caused by noise exposure, but these problems continue to plague their lives nonetheless. An employee that does not feel well will not put in a productive workday.

Instead, they are more likely to take sick days and will be more sluggish on the job. They will simply be trying to get through the day, instead of actually doing a stellar job. You can reverse this situation however, by taking note of potential noise pollution issues in the workplace.

Hiring a company to come in and assess the noise situation at your workplace, and conduct environmental noise monitoring, is a great way to get started. If a noise issue is found, then Artisan Surveyors can offer you advice about how to reduce the problem. Sometimes protective gear will be the solution, and sometimes changing work practices will be the way to go.

Finding the right solution is worth it however, because this will result in happier, healthier employees. These healthy employees will find that working is a pleasure instead of a chore. Reduce the noise and increase your workplace productivity now, with the help of Artisan Surveyors.

What is a Landowner’s Responsibility When It Comes to Asbestos?

If you are renting a home or apartment, and are concerned that there is asbestos in the property, you may reasonably become concerned. After all, asbestos has been linked to many diseases, a large number of which are incurable, and some of which can even become terminal. However, before becoming confrontational you may be interested to learn what role a landlord has when a property has asbestos in it. This will give you an idea of what to expect from your landlord, so you can assess whether or not they are responding to your concerns appropriately.

Your landlord is not required to disclose the presence of asbestos in an apartment or home before renting out the property. However, if you are concerned there is a high level of asbestos that could be damaging to health, you are within your rights to ask the landlord to hire a professional for asbestos survey reports. You should submit this request in writing to your landlord.

If high levels of asbestos are found within the dwelling, then your landlord must remove them. If you have complicating health factors that will make staying in the apartment while removal takes place harmful to you, then the landlord should provide temporary alternative housing. You should also submit this request in writing. If they do not have any vacancies, then they may have to pay for alternative housing at a local hotel until the asbestos removal is complete. If your landlord is not cooperative then you may want to speak to someone at your local housing authority to gain legal help.

Contact us at Artisan Surveyors today for information and advice about asbestos.