The foundation of safe asbestos management
An asbestos survey allows you to effectively manage asbestos containing materials (ACM), to assess risk, and to develop a strategy should further refurbishment or demolition works become necessary.
Asbestos remains one of the most problematic health hazards in domestic, commercial, industrial and public buildings today. If in good condition and undisturbed it presents no risks. However, organisations need to take extreme care to comply with changing legislation when carrying out management reviews, remediation, demolition and monitoring.
As one of the foremost asbestos survey providers internationally, our clients benefit from the following:
- High quality: Removal of all associated health and litigation risks that can occur as a result of a low quality asbestos survey.
- Independence: No association with asbestos removal contractors; thereby ensuring there is no bias in either surveying or monitoring.
- Accuracy: Excellent attention to detail and integrity in sample collection, as well as measurement and analysis.
- Accreditation: Our surveyors are accredited in the UK and in Singapore. Our UKAS accreditation for Inspection and Testing meets international ISO 17020 and ISO 17025 standards.
When do I need an asbestos survey?
Under the WSH (Asbestos) Regulations, a survey must be carried out to ascertain the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) before carrying out any building works such as demolition, alteration, addition or repair relating to a building that was built before 1 Jan 1991, or for any work that involves a specified material that is likely to contain asbestos.
Even in buildings which where there is no planned building works an asbestos management survey may be used to locate as far as reasonably practicable the extent and presence of Asbestos Containing Material's within the building. A risk assessment of the Asbestos Containing Material's will be made and documented via an asbestos register. Proactive management of asbestos in the way is internationally recognised as good practice.
Which type of asbestos survey do I need?
Surveys vary significantly in terms of size and complexity. Both access and visibility can be simple or complex. Moreover, the presence of asbestos can vary depending on the age, structure and design of the property.
Our work includes management surveys, as well as refurbishment and demolition surveys. These survey types vary significantly and typically relate to ongoing monitoring requirements and structural change projects respectively. More information on both survey types can be found below.
Management surveys (Formerly type 2 asbestos surveys)
This is the core survey to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspected ACMs, in order to assess their condition and to provide a risk assessment on any disturbance. This is a minimally intrusive survey.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys (Formerly type 3 asbestos surveys)
This type of survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out to a building. It is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs within the building or area. The survey will be intrusive and involve a degree of destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.