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Energy Exhibition at the NEC

On the 16/17th of September Cordtape Energy Management Systems attended their first exhibition under their new management. This was held at the NEC in Birmingham for the Energy and Renewables Event! After attending last year as visitors and seeing first hand what type of businessman the event attracts, Cordtape decided it would be beneficial for […]

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Cordtape Sponsors East Midlands Sustainable Development Network Event

On Wednesday the 30th April Cordtape Energy Management Systems sponsored the East Midlands Sustainable Development Network Event at the Nottingham Conference Centre. There were representatives from all over the midlands, all looking to take some valuable information away with them. There were many topics discussed at the event, listed are the ones where Cordtape can […]

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Asbestos Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys

The Refurbishment and Demolition Survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the entire building if demolition work is planned.


What Will The Survey Involve?

The survey will involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all locations, including those that may be difficult to reach or to break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. In situations where there is a necessity to penetrate the building structure, controls should be put in place to prevent the spread of debris, which may include asbestos.

Refurbishment work may vary from small scale projects to large development projects. Small scale work may occur in different parts of a building at different times over several years. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible ACMs and estimates of the volume and surface area of ACMs made. The survey is primarily designed to identify ACMs so that they can be removed in preparation for refurbishment or demolition.

For small scale refurbishment projects, this may only apply to a single room or even a part of the room where the work is to be commissioned, which should at all times be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to employees, public or visitors on the premises. Ideally, the building should not be in service and all furnishings removed. Under no circumstances should anyone other than those who are competent in carrying out such work remain in rooms or areas of buildings when intrusive sampling is performed.

There is a specific requirement in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 7(3) for all Asbestos Containing Materials to be removed as far as reasonably practicable prior to major refurbishment or demolition of the building.


What Happens Once The Survey Is Compiled?

Once the survey report is compiled, this should be supplied by the client to designers and contractors for tendering for such works, so that the asbestos risks can be addressed. In this type of survey where the asbestos is identified in order for it to be removed (rather than to “manage” it), the survey does not assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to note areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be expected to be present.

If you would like to discuss the options available to you, or would like specific advice about different types of asbestos surveys, we will be very pleased to talk with you by telephone at any time on 01142 431 239. Alternatively email us.

 

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