We tailor our asbestos surveys exactly to your needs; whether an individual domestic dwelling or multiple buildings within a large commercial or industrial setting. We are fully experienced in asbestos surveying all types of buildings.
We ensure that our asbestos surveys are to the highest standard by maintaining UKAS accreditation which conforms to ISO/IEC 17020. This body annually audits our quality and ensures that high standards are maintained. All asbestos surveys are undertaken in accordance with HSE guidance HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide.
All asbestos samples are analysed in our Warrington and Bromley laboratories which are UKAS accredited to EN ISO17025, with testing being performed using polarised light microscopy as detailed in HSG248.
As defined by HSG264 (Asbestos: The Survey Guide) the purpose of a management survey is “to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) in a building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition”.
A management survey provides a duty holder or building owner the required information to effectively manage ACMs and forms part of an asbestos management plan. It also allows social housing providers to comply with the risk assessments as outlined in regulation 5 of the ‘Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’.
The areas inspected in the management survey should include all areas of the building, such as floor coverings, above false ceilings (ceiling voids), lofts, inside risers, service ducts and lift shards, basements, cellars, underground rooms, and undercrofts.
Refurbishment and demolition survey
As defined by HSG264 the purpose of this survey is “to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The refurbishment and demolition survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.” This may involve breaking through ceilings or partition walls to ensure all areas are inspected for asbestos.
We are also able to offer a combination of both the Management and Refurbishment/demolition surveys within an individual building. The Hybrid survey is designed to target and include those specific areas subject to refurbishment/demolition, as well as survey the remaining areas of the building to capture information about all ACMs to management survey standard. Included within the Hybrid survey report are relevant recommendations in dealing with or managing identified ACMs.
Following the issue of a survey, we can offer ongoing compliance by carrying out a re-inspection of the ACMs found. We recommend that these should be conducted annually although for higher risk ACMs in areas prone to disturbance, asbestos re-inspections should be considered to be more regular. The re-inspecting involves inspecting the condition of the previously identified ACMs. The results are issued in an updated report, similar to our normal survey report format with recommendations on dealing with or managing the identified ACMs.
If you have any questions about our asbestos surveying service then please get in touch for a confidential discussion with one of our asbestos experts. Simply call 0800 883 0334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Smith - First Ark
Head of Asbestos Services
Head of Asbestos Services
- IOH Certificate of Competence in Asbestos and Other Fibres
Dan is an asbestos operational and project management specialist. He is responsible for the delivery and overall quality of all asbestos contracts.
He has complete understanding of the fundamentals of business management and the ability to manage, develop, motivate and integrate teams.
Dan has operated within asbestos related roles for 24 years. He has developed from a surveyor performing various asbestos surveys to director-level management roles. His experience within the industry provides him with an excellent understanding of how to successfully deliver an array of asbestos services.
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