Asbestos is the biggest occupational killer in the UK and appears in over 3000 different building products used in our homes, offices, factories and schools.
The best way to manage asbestos is to undertake one of the two specialist surveys detailed below. This will identify any asbestos within your premises and will assist in the implementation of a Management Plan.
From April 2010 all asbestos surveys needed to be done in compliance with the guidelines laid down in HSG264.
There are two main types of survey. The first is an Asbestos Management Survey and the latter is the Pre-Demolition/Refurbishment Asbestos Survey.
The management survey is the standard survey. Its aim is to locate the presence and extent of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the premises, where reasonably practical. It will also identify where these materials could be damaged, or disturbed during normal occupancy. Representative samples of materials suspected of containing asbestos are taken. The samples are then analysed by a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited laboratory and the results used to compile a register of the ACMs within the premises. The condition of each ACM is assessed and recommendations made regarding their management. This type of survey is used as a basis for producing an asbestos management plan.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey:
A refurbishment and demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is undertaken. This type of survey is used to locate as far as reasonably practical, all ACMs in the area where refurbishment work will take place or the whole of the building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive techniques, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment or demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances such as when intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.