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Why You Should Make Sure Your Building Has An Asbestos Survey

Posted by Art Of Legend India [dot] Com On 11:44 PM
Asbestos Survey
Short Summary: You risk being sued for compensation and guilt at those suffering because you failed to do anything.

In the first place, all commercial buildings are bound by law to ‘manage asbestos’. Secondly failing to do something about asbestos in your building could cost you a lot of money in fines. You also risk being sued for compensation and guilt at those suffering because you failed to do anything.

The law

The updated Control of Asbestos Regulations came into force just over a year ago (April 2012) overturning all previous rulings. The 2012 regulations make it clear that commercial building owners or managers ‘manage asbestos’ to ensure that nobody using the premises is at risk.

Asbestos is known to cause cancer and this has been recognised for a hundred years or more. Since 1999 it has been illegal to use products that contain the substance but older buildings might still contain asbestos. It was a particular favourite in many building materials for about 30 or more years during the period 1950 – 1980s.

The consequences

If you do nothing not only are you breaking the law but you are also putting people at risk. Asbestos has been known to cause a variety of very nasty health problems including cancer. Effects take a long time to manifest – anywhere between 15 – 60 years. Continual exposure is cumulative too so the results are likely to be worse.

Cancers and other diseases

There are two types of cancer caused by asbestos exposure:
  • The first is the fatal Mesothelioma. The cancer is found in the lining of the lungs and it is almost always caused by asbestos exposure
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer is rarely curable
There are two other known diseases caused by Asbestos which while not fatal, are certainly debilitating.
  • Asbestosis is caused by scarring of the lungs
  • Diffuse pleural thickening - the thickening of the membrane which surrounds the lungs. This can lead to chronic breathlessness

Breaking the law

About a month ago a hospital in Glasgow was fined £6,000. They had an Asbestos Survey carried out in 2009 which highlighted the presence of asbestos in a basement room where the hospital’s energy plant was housed. A further survey in 2011 before a new MRI scanner was installed identified the area as ‘high risk’.

The Glasgow Health Board was subsequently prosecuted and fined £6000 for their neglect. They are now addressing the asbestos management problem.

Another story from the BBC reports that an 82 year old man from Devon is believed to have died from an Asbestos related disease. The man, Charles Passmore, worked at South West Gas sites in the 1950s and 60s. His family are pressing for compensation.

Why You Should Make Sure Your Building Has An Asbestos SurveyMore about compensation

Those who develop Mesothelioma commonly 30 – 40 years after exposure will be able to call on the government to help with compensation if they cannot find employers or their insurers from next year.

Don’t get caught out if you own a commercial building look for a company offering reliable asbestos surveys in your area.

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