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Asbestos Survey: How Your Employer Ensures A Safe Working Environment

In this article – we explain why an employer might need an asbestos survey; the three different types of survey that can be completed and what you should do if you are exposed to asbestos at work.

We describe our free online and telephone solicitor help available if you or a family member have been exposed to asbestos at work.

Why might an employer need to have an asbestos survey?

Exposure to asbestos is extremely dangerous – when inhaled (or ingested) asbestos fibres can cause very serious disease, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If asbestos is present (or is suspected to be present) in the workplace – your employer should complete an asbestos survey to assess the potential risks to workers.

What types of jobs might routinely lead to exposure to asbestos?

Workers who typically might be exposed to asbestos – include builders, construction workers, roofers, miners, boiler makers and factory workers.

What exactly is an asbestos survey?

There are three types of asbestos survey, which your employer can carry out if asbestos is present (or believed to be present) at a workplace, including:

Type 1 asbestos survey report

A type 1 survey does not disturb any asbestos and is a walk around survey of the premises.

Type 2 survey

A type 2 asbestos survey is a more detailed version of a type 1 survey. It includes an inspection of ducts and other areas which contain empty space were asbestos might be visible.

Type 3 asbestos survey

A type 3 survey is a far more detailed survey in which a property is fully inspected and samples taken. This will ordinarily be done if there is a risk of the release of asbestos dust, such as when a building is to be refurbished or demolition works are pending.

Your Employer Should Eliminate Dangers
Your employer should act on the asbestos survey report to eliminate any dangers highlighted, so as to ensure a workplace is a safe environment.
See the Health and Safety Executive Guidance.
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Demolition Worker Asbestos Protection

What should you do if you are exposed to asbestos at work?

Exposure to asbestos which is undisturbed will likely not lead to a condition developing – as there typically the danger comes from asbestos fibres in the air. The risk of undisturbed asbestos will be addressed in your employer’s asbestos survey report.

Even if you are exposed to asbestos dust or fibres – it is possible you may not develop an asbestos condition.

In other instances – exposure to asbestos may lead to symptoms developing many years later.

Contact A Solicitor If You Develop Symptoms
Should you develop symptoms many years after your exposure to asbestos you should seek medical assistance to receive a diagnosis. In addition – you should act quickly and speak to a specialist solicitor.
It is likely you will be able to make a claim – but time limits apply as to how long you have to claim before it is too late.

See our articles describing mesothelioma claims and asbestosis compensation.

If you or a loved one have developed an asbestos-related condition from exposure to asbestos at work – you will need to speak toa solicitor as fast as you can.

We offer free online and telephone solicitor help – you can ask a question and speak to our solicitors direct to decide what options that may be available to you.

Claim Even When Employer No Longer In Business
You may still have a claim despite your former employer no longer being in business.