I’ve been told that I need an asbestos register what is that?
What do I need to do with the register?
Who needs an asbestos register?
I rent a shop. Should my landlord hold the register?
Why is a plan provided?
Can I do the job myself?
How long does the register/survey last? Do I need one every year?
I think I have some asbestos in the building. Do I need to have it removed?
What happens if you recommend removal? (Low hazard items).
What happens if you recommend removal? (High hazard items).
How do you test for asbestos?
What are samples and why do you need them?
How many samples do you take?
What is your charge for a sample?
How does that compare?
Can I limit the maximum cost of a survey?
How do I ensure I get the most competitive price as on the Web I can see companies quoting only £99?
What does your quotation include?
How do you conduct a survey?
How long does it take you to attend?
How do we pay you?
Why are you not VAT registered?
What other services can you offer?

 

I’ve been told that I need an asbestos register what is that?

The asbestos register is a list of the asbestos items in the property. When we complete a survey we also provide you with a register of all the asbestos items in the property. The register should be shown to all contractors who are planning to work on your building before the work starts. Thus a copy should be held at reception to be passed to them on arrival. We also send you this document to you as a PDF which would allow you to send the asbestos survey and register to Contractors when asking for quotations.

What do I need to do with the register?

Within the report we will also detail, under management actions how often you need to inspect any asbestos items. (This is usually annually). So a year after our survey you should check all items on the register. Providing they are in good order besides making a note that the items were inspected and the date of inspection no further action is required.

Who needs an asbestos register?

An asbestos register is needed for all premises that are not private dwellings, - this all business premises and even the common areas of a block of flats.

I rent a shop. Should my landlord hold the register?

Technically the person that manages the building needs a register so often both the landlord and the tenant need one. To keep costs competitive we can issue the report and register in the joint names of the landlord and tenant providing both with a copy.

Why is a plan provided?

The plan with the photographs of all items inspected should enable the holder to locate the items detailed.

Can I do the job myself?

Yes you can. We would suggest you first make a plan of the building and going room by room (don’t forget the voids, inside cupboards etc. and every item you are not sure of take a sample and send to your local authority that will test the samples for you. (We can provide detailed instructions free of charge if you want to do it yourself). This however can work out expensive as Bristol Council charged £26.43 including VAT per sample when last checked.

How long does the register/survey last? Do I need one every year?

Providing the register is kept up to date it will last indefinitely. After a major alteration of the premises for a reduced price we can arrange an update with a new plan as needed.

I think I have some asbestos in the building. Do I need to have it removed?

Not usually. – provided the asbestos is in good order it can usually remain in situ. AIB (Asbestos Insulation Board) can be encapsulated (painted) to ensure that no fibres are released. What we recommend should be done with any asbestos material is detailed in the Management Actions and Control Actions.

What happens if you recommend removal? (Low hazard items).

Various items, e.g. asbestos cement and textured coatings can be removed by you yourself. After double wrapping in polythene you can then usually take it to your local tip for free disposal. If this is the case we will advise you accordingly.

If the amount of asbestos is too much for you to dispose and /or remove by yourself, we have contacts with three companies that will quote for collection and disposal. These companies have learnt to trust our calculations and give you a firm price.

What happens if you recommend removal? (High hazard items).

A licenced contractor is required to remove hazardous items. Again we have contacts to obtain quotations for you.

How do you test for asbestos?

The asbestos content (if any) can often be discovered by close inspection, the response we get from knocking/poking it with a bradawl, and from past experience where following a sample we have found them to be asbestos/asbestos free. Where we cannot be certain that the material contains asbestos or is asbestos free a very small sample is taken and sent to a laboratory.

What are samples and why do you need them?

Where we cannot be certain that the material contains asbestos or is asbestos free a very small sample is taken and sent to a laboratory. Where from knowledge and past experience we are satisfied the material is asbestos, no sample is taken but detailed in the report as strongly presumed.

How many samples do you take?

Under the Bulk Sampling Rules, only one sample is needed where the material is repeated elsewhere in the building. If it is negative in room A it can be assumed to be negative in room B to Z. If it is positive in room A it can be assumed to be positive in room B to Z.

What is your charge for a sample?

Our charge is £10 a sample, which includes the cost of collecting it, dispatching to our testers and paying our testers fee.

How does that compare?

The majority appear to charge £16 - £18 plus VAT (£19.2 - £24 including VAT).

Can I limit the maximum cost of a survey?

For a Management Survey our usual average of samples taken is 4 – but we cannot guarantee it. What we can do is quote a higher fee price, which is inclusive of all samples taken. Then if we take more than 4 samples it is your gain. If it is less it would have been cheaper on a plus samples basis.

How do I ensure I get the most competitive price as on the Web I can see companies quoting only £99?

You need to enquire as to the extras if any e.g.:-

What is their sample charge?

What they describe as a sample. (Note in most asbestos software all items seen are described as samples – so with some surveyors each item inspection would count as a sample. As an average number of inspections on a small property can be 20+ that can make a great deal of difference.

Are plans/photographs included in the basis fee? (Some companies charge extra for the plan).

Do they charge mileage/cost of overnight stay where incurred?

When will they complete the survey and how long will it all take?

Is the fee subject to VAT?

What does your quotation include?

Everything.

How do you conduct a survey?

We first complete a walk through, complete a simple plan, and then make a detailed inspection of all possible asbestos containing materials inside and outside the building taking samples and calculating quantities where necessary. Usually the two of us attend on a survey, Annie and me. Very helpful when surveying ladies toilets, bedrooms in nursing homes etc. Returning home we draw the plan, (This is a simple plan often drawn in Excel) dispatch the samples and complete the survey as far as possible. If samples have been taken we await the results (usually 2 days) and update the report accordingly. A PDF version is sent to your email and two printed reports are bound and sent to you by post. If no samples taken the result will usually be sent within two days of attendance.

How long does it take you to attend?

When giving you a quotation we will normally ask how urgently it is required. If fairly local it will not affect the quote. If say over 75 miles from Yeovil we will quote for when next in the area (usually within a fortnight/3 weeks.) or if urgent amend the quote accordingly.

How do we pay you?

A fee note is sent with the report. If we have numerous properties to survey for you a separate fee will be issued per property/block of properties. The fee note requires payment within 14 days which can be by cheque, internet banking or finally by credit card when a PayPal invoice will be issued. With the fee note we ask for your help in completing our feedback form and an SAE.

Why are you not VAT registered?

A company needs to register for VAT if their annual turnover is more that £68,000. With a shop that buys stock and then resells the minimum turnover is easily reached. As a small family business our annual turnover does not reach that figure and as our VAT inputs are so low it is not to our benefit to voluntary register. So for a private individual who cannot recover VAT or a non-VAT registered company we can give you a 20% savings compared to most of our competition.

What other services can you offer?

Businesses should complete Fire Risk Assessments and DDA Assessments. These can be completed at the same as an asbestos survey for a reduced price or separately.