It’s becoming increasing common for Gas Engineers – in
particular those working for British Gas – to request that
samples are taken of any suspect asbestos containing materials
(ACM’s) in customers’ homes before they carry out any work on
any heating or electrical appliances in that specific area.
Disturbed or broken up incorrectly, Asbestos may release
hazardous fibres into the atmosphere which can be fatal if
inhaled. It is therefore understandable that British Gas
heating engineers want to avoid exposure so such hazards whilst
they carry out repairs to a property.
There are a number of items in a heating system which
may contain asbestos, the most common of which include:
pipe insulation and lagging
An intrusive, accurate survey to
provide information on the location, amount and
condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
An R&D survey will help identify
all the ACM to be removed before refurbishment work or
An R&D survey is a legal requirement
on any building where refurbishment or demolition works
are to be carried out in order to identify asbestos
before work starts (Regulation 5 Control of Asbestos
A survey to provide information
on the location, amount and condition of ACM in the
building, in order for an asbestos register to be
The register can then be used by the
building owner to adequately manage ACM in the building
in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Control of
Asbestos Regulations 2012 (the Duty to Manage).
Asbestos insulating board
What should you do next?
It's vital that you don't disturb or break up any
materials that are suspected to contain asbestos until you
can be absolutely certain what the material is made from.