Asbestos has, over the past couple of decades, become a growing cause of illness due to its hazardous fibres which, when breathed in, can lead to serious illness, and increase the risk of cancer. Any building which was constructed prior to 2000 is likely to have asbestos used as part of its insulating system due to the former immense popularity of the material – with asbestos surveys now as high priority as fire risk assessments in terms of establishing the safety of a building.
An asbestos survey will locate, identify, and test any asbestos found to establish its stability. From there, a comprehensive report will outline the need for ongoing management and regular surveys, or asbestos removal.
This, paired with a full fire risk assessment, will keep both your business insurance and your customers, residents, or users safe.
From 1 October 2023, new fire safety legislation came into effect which will impose new duties on businesses and building owners The Fire Safety Order 2005 in England and Wales applies to all non-domestic premises as well as the communal parts of residential buildings. Changes to this legislation have been introduced through the Building Safety Act 2022, and represent the next phase of the Government’s fire safety reform programme One of the changes refers to non-domestic, previously it was a requirement to have a written fire risk assessment only under certain circumstances (e.g. where the responsible Person employs five or more Persons). This will no longer be the case, and if you are a responsible person, then you will need to record both your Fire risk assessment and fire Safety arrangement in full, Regardless of the size or Purpose of the business or Premises. If you have buildings in your estate that fall under these conditions please do get in contact to discuss a plan and strategy to fulfil these requirements. Ignorance now is not a defence!