What We Provide
A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition. Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, ie it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.
Refurbishment and demolition survey
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The 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. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, eg when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling. There is a specific requirement in CAR 2012 (regulation 7) for all ACMs to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before major refurbishment or final demolition. Removing ACMs is also appropriate in other smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings (eg removal of partitions, walls, units etc). Under CDM, the survey information should be used to help in the tendering process for removal of ACMs from the building before Asbestos: The survey guide Page 21 of 73 Health and Safety Executive work starts. The survey report should be supplied by the client to designers and contractors who may be bidding for the work, so that the asbestos risks can be addressed.
Single Asbestos Sample - Bulk Sample
Bulk samples are examined for the presence and type of asbestos. We use a UKAS accredited laboratory which is able to offer a range of turnaround times dependent on the urgency of your requirements - we offer a fast turn-around service for when you need a quick response, and a cost-effective bulk alternative.
Asbestos Management Plan
An asbestos survey represents only partial compliance with the regulations. The development of asbestos management plans is essential in controlling asbestos risk. We have extensive experience in drawing up and implementing asbestos management plans. We are able to produce tailored plans and strategies for all types of organisation and we have an online system to help with ongoing management and enforcement.
The Duty To Manage Asbestos
On this page you will find a brief summary of the government guidance and control of asbestos regulations 2012. It should give you an insight into who has the duty to manage asbestos (who is the duty holder) and in which type of property the control of asbestos regulations 2012 apply to.
The duty to manage asbestos is directed at those who manage non-domestic premises: the people with responsibility for protecting others who work in such premises, or use them in other ways, from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.
take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in
presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not
make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos- containing materials - or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos
assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified
prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed
take the necessary steps to put the plan into action
periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date
provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them.
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The Duty Holder
The duty holder is the owner of the non-domestic premises or the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of non-domestic properties for example through an explicit agreement such as a tenancy agreement or contract.
Secondly, the duty holder must comply with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and reduce the risks of exposure to asbestos as far as reasonably practicable.
Do You Need An Asbestos Survey?
Any building, domestic or commercial, in the UK built prior to the year 2000 may contain asbestos. Asbestos can remain in a building and be managed while leaving it in place and undisturbed. Asbestos only becomes dangerous once it’s disturbed, and the fibres become airborne. Using preventative measures to control the risks of exposure to asbestos dust will protect against related illness and fatal diseases and will be a first step, as the duty holder, to achieving compliance.