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Asbestos in a Commercial Building?

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The Importance of Choosing an Accredited Company to Help You

Undertaking an asbestos investigation or survey in a commercial building requires some careful research on choosing the right company to help you identify, remove, and dispose of asbestos safely and responsibly. Here’s why choosing an accredited company is paramount:

1. Asbestos Investigation – Getting a Survey:

Before any renovation or maintenance work in a commercial building, a thorough asbestos survey is essential to understand where asbestos may be present, and exactly what type of asbestos it is.

Identify potential asbestos-containing materials to ensure the safety of occupants and workers.

2. UKAS Accreditation Standards – Why It’s So Important:

Choose a company accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to undertake your Asbestos Survey.

UKAS accreditation is the gold standard in the asbestos sector and is awarded for the highest levels of competence, traceability, and validity across all aspects of asbestos management.

Compliance with these standards is critical for accurate asbestos identification and safe removal.

When appointing an asbestos surveying and analytical company, insist on seeing their UKAS certificate, ideally, they should also have certification for SafeContractor and Facilitiesline Gold.

The certificate should clearly state the scope of accreditation, including the types of asbestos surveys they are qualified to conduct.

4. Looking Out for Rogue Traders – Tips and Signs:

Beware of companies lacking a UKAS accreditation or those unwilling to provide their certificate.

Companies claiming to take Asbestos away for a very low price.

Firstly, check they are Licensed waste carriers: obtain a copy of their licence. It is your duty of care to ensure safe disposal of any hazardous waste.

Check for customer reviews and testimonials to ensure the company has a positive track record.

Be cautious of unusually low quotes, as quality asbestos services require expertise and adherence to safety standards.

Choosing a reputable and accredited company ensures that asbestos-related issues in your commercial building are handled with the highest professionalism and safety standards.

Protect Your Business, Choose Wisely!

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