Asbestos Surveys and Asbestos Registers for the Common Parts of Blocks of Flats
There is a requirement most recently under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for an Asbestos Register to be put in place and maintained of the common parts of blocks of flats. Though the legislation was updated in 2012 it has been a requirement since 2004. The register is essentially a list of asbestos containing materials, their condition and what remedial action is to be taken with regard to these. It also specifies both the timescale for the management of the asbestos containing material, what action is required and who is responsible.
We carry out the asbestos management survey of the common parts of blocks of flats, converted houses and also HMOs to identify which asbestos containing materials are present, their condition and what remedial action is required. We can also put the asbestos register together.
The asbestos survey and register are necessary to ensure that residents or other people such as trades peoples are not exposed to potentially high risk asbestos containing materials and that all steps are taken to minimise any risk of fibre release and protect the people that use the building
We have cases where the requirement for an Asbestos Register has not been acted on or the register has either been lost or is completely out of date.
Solicitors will often demand a copy of the asbestos register or the asbestos survey of the common parts as part of the process of buying a flat. At this point it becomes urgent as the sale will not go through without it.