Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?
Buildings built before 2000 most likely contain asbestos as this was once a common material. Used widely through domestic, commercial, and industrial properties, asbestos had many uses, including insulation and fireproofing. Owing to its carcinogenetic properties, its use is now banned, but it still exists in a massive majority of properties throughout the UK.
Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, you are legally required to manage and protect yourself and others from asbestos exposure. This applies if you own, maintain or repair, or, under contract or tenancy agreement, legally responsible.
Likewise, if you’re buying a new property, a homebuyer’s report or structural survey may only offer a rough guess as to whether asbestos is present. It is, therefore, necessary to have a specialist check the property over for asbestos before proceeding.