Personnel may also hold another qualification in surveying: the Royal Society
for Public Health (RSPH) Level 3 Certificate in asbestos inspection procedures.
This qualification was developed as part of a personnel certification scheme and
is still available on the RSPH website (www.rsph.org.uk). The qualification alone
does not demonstrate competency. Candidates will also need at least six months’
supervised and audited practical experience, as outlined for the P402 qualification
(see paragraph 25).
It is the responsibility of anyone using a laboratory for the analysis of samples
for asbestos to make sure the lab holds the necessary accreditation (details can be
obtained from the UKAS website: www.ukas.com).
Samples or representative sub-samples should be kept for at least six months
after analysis to allow checks to be made. Samples associated with a legal dispute
or claim may need to be kept for longer
The ‘duty to manage asbestos’ requirements of regulation 4 of CAR 2012 do
not normally apply to domestic premises. However, the requirements do apply
to common parts of premises, including housing developments and blocks of
flats, but do not place any direct duties on landlords for individual houses or flats.
Examples of common parts would include foyers, corridors, lifts and lift shafts,
staircases, boilerhouses, vertical risers, gardens, yards and outhouses. The
requirements do not apply to rooms within a private residence which are shared by
more than one household, such as bathrooms, kitchens etc in shared houses and
communal dining rooms and lounges in sheltered accommodation.
Asbestos is a term used for the fibrous forms of several naturally-occurring minerals. All asbestos deposits originate from cystallisation of molten rock which, on cooling, produces the various types of fibrous forms. It is usually found as thin veins, up to a few inches thick, between layers of the parent rock, which may be in non-fibrous or crystalline form.
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