Asbestos Surveys

Management Surveys

What is an asbestos management survey ? 

An asbestos management survey is generally referred to as a standard survey. The purpose of this survey is locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in a building. This survey will identify asbestos containing materials which could become damaged or disturbed during normal everyday occupancy and will include any foreseeable maintenance activities. An assessment on the condition of the materials will also be made.

What’s involved with an asbestos management survey ? 

Asbestos management surveys can entail some intrusive work and some disturbance. The level of this intrusion will differ between sites. Various factors will apply such as building type, building construction and general accessibility. Our surveyors will inspect all areas of the building, or area required, to locate all asbestos containing materials. This survey will not cause major damage to the building or areas. 

A management survey would generally include an inspection of all floors, walls, ceilings, surface levels, within suspended ceiling voids, loft voids, accessible risers etc. The management survey, where required, will involve the collection of suspect samples, followed by the analysis of the samples, to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. Our surveyors will make every effort to positively identify suspect materials through sampling. All types of suspect materials will be sampled during the survey for confirmation purposes. 

As part of a management survey material risk assessments will be undertaken on all suspect materials. The material risk assessment assesses the likelyhood of the material releasing asbestos fibre should it be damaged or disturbed. This assessment provides initial information for the dutyholder to help evaluate and produce a plan for managing asbestos. Asbestos management surveys can cover everyday and simple maintenance work. 

However the dutyholder should be aware that where ‘more extensive’ maintenance or repair work is required, a management survey may not provide adequate information to enable the works. More intrusive / destructive investigations may be required in the form of a localised asbestos refurbishment survey. An asbestos refurbishment survey should be undertaken prior to any works which disturbs the fabric of the building.

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Refurbishment Surveys

What is an asbestos refurbishment survey ? 

An asbestos refurbishment survey is needed before undertaking any intrusive refurbishment work. The current asbestos survey guidance makes clear reference to the difference in the level of survey required for refurbishment works and for complete demolition of a building. An asbestos demolition survey is required when a building is proposed to be entirely demolished. 

Asbestos refurbishment surveys are used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within an area or building where refurbishment works will take place. An asbestos refurbishment survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling. 

What’s involved with an asbestos refurbishment survey ? Asbestos refurbishment surveys are fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection methods, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. Aggressive inspection techniques maybe required to lift up carpets and floor tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. 

Asbestos refurbishment surveys should generally only be completed in unoccupied areas. The purpose of this is to minimise risks to the personnel on the premises. Where practicable to do the building or area should not be operational and all furnishings vacated. 

In these types of surveys, where the asbestos is identified so that it can be removed (rather than to ‘manage’ it), the survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However as the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACMs condition is usually assessed so that materials can be managed. 

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Pre - Demolition Surveys

What is an asbestos pre-demolition survey ? 

An asbestos demolition survey is needed before undertaking demolition works. The current asbestos survey guidance makes clear reference to the difference in the level of survey required for refurbishment works and for complete demolition of a building. 

In line with asbestos guidance, demolition is only utilised as a descriptive when the entire building is to be demolished and removed in its entirety. As such when an asbestos demolition survey is requested the scope of works is self explanatory.

An asbestos demolition survey must achieve full identification of all asbestos containing materials (ACMs) within all areas of the building, as far as is reasonably practicable. 

What’s involved with an asbestos pre-demolition survey ? 

Asbestos demolition surveys are fully intrusive and involve extensively destructive inspection methods to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. Aggressive inspection techniques will be required to lift up carpets and floor tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. Asbestos demolition surveys will be completed in unoccupied buildings. 

The purpose of this is to minimise risks to personnel within the premises as excessive damage to the building is likely to occur. Where practicable to do the building or area should not be operational and all furnishings should be vacated. 

In these types of surveys, where the asbestos is identified so that it can be removed (rather than to ‘manage’ it), the survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However as the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACMs condition is usually assessed so that materials can be managed. 

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Re - Inspection Surveys

Asbestos Re-inspection Services 

Asbestos Grp can re-inspect any previously surveyed property and update the information, whether held electronically or as a hard copy. We will discuss your requirements and identify the frequency of visits and checks. Where necessary, we can handle discussions with the HSE on your behalf. 

What can we do to help? The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires that the condition of asbestos-based products needs to be inspected regularly and records updated accordingly. The frequency of the asbestos inspection regime must not exceed 12 months. 

Asbestos re-inspection surveys are designed to allow a competent person to monitor and record the condition of any previously identified asbestos products within a building. 

Over time, asbestos-based products can degenerate, weather or be accidentally damaged thereby causing the risks associated with the material to change substantially. Additionally, the approved code of practice requires the asbestos management plan to be reviewed every six months. We can advise on or supply efficient methods for complying with this requirement. 

The new and updated asbestos survey report itself will include new photographs of those materials together with a new recommendation on how to safely manage those materials. 

We have the experience where it counts 

Asbestos Grp can re-inspect any previously surveyed property and update the information, whether held electronically or as a hard copy. We will discuss your requirements and identify the frequency of visits and checks. Where necessary, we can handle discussions with the HSE on your behalf. This service can be offered over any period of time including a one, three, five or ten year period. The longer term options provide cost certainty and compliant information that protect your investment from the initial survey. 

Our asbestos re-inspection service to you 

Asbestos Grp will: 

  • Assess your current asbestos records and their format
  • Provide a cost and programme for re-inspecting
  • Contact you before your re-inspection is due
  • Re-inspect your sites and update your asbestos records
  • Advise where there have been any changes to asbestos containing materials and provide recommendations to maintain
  • Review your asbestos policy and management plan
Asbestos law – whats the worst that could happen? 

If you own or are responsible for a commercial building and you fail to manage the asbestos correctly you could expose individuals to asbestos fibres resulting in a prosecution and imprisonment. 

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