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Asbestos Surveys Explained

Asbestos Surveys HSG264 Compliant

Until 2010, there were three types of asbestos survey, they were known as a type 1, type 2 and type 3 asbestos survey.
There are now only two types of asbestos survey recognised by the HSE, an Asbestos Management Survey and an Asbestos Refurbishment/Demolition Survey. (see details below).

All our surveys conform to the Health & Safety Executive HSG264 and are sympathetic to the working environment. Our surveyors will aim to form a professional and collaborative partnership with our customers and alleviate any anxiety about asbestos that may be present in the properties being surveyed. The type of survey undertaken depends on our customer’s needs and all three types of surveys comply with current legislation, our experienced surveyors are able to advise.

Risk Management

This regulation requires people who control non-domestic premises or those controlling access to these premises to take reasonable steps to identify where asbestos may exist; to presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence to the contrary; keep up-to-date records of the location and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs); assess the risk of the release of fibres from any ACMs; plan to properly control that risk; implement, monitor and review their plans; and ensure that employees, contractors, etc, are adequately informed and instructed of the precautions to be taken.

On completion of this process an Asbestos Management Plan must exist.

Our asbestos surveys all include both normal material assessments and importantly, risk assessment and management planning information delivered directly online through this site. This important value-added feature, empowers Duty Holders to substantially comply with the CAWR regulations by provision of an interactive and live record of ACMs, prioritised by risk-assessment, that employees, third party occupiers and maintainers can optionally access online, all as part of our survey service.

Management Survey - Sampling & Assessment Survey

The Management Asbestos Survey replaces the old type 1 and type 2 asbestos survey.

This is the survey that you will need in order to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 as the old type 1 and type 2 asbestos surveys no longer exist.

The purpose of a management survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials, (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

A management survey includes an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. The material assessment will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing the ACMs.

The survey will involve sampling and analysis to prove or disprove the presence of asbestos. However management surveys can also involve presuming the presence of asbestos within the building.


Refurbishment/Demolition Survey

The old “type 3 asbestos survey” is now known as either a “Refurbishment” or a “Demolition” asbestos survey and is required prior to any major refurbishment works or demolition of any commercial premises built prior to 2000.

A refurbishment and demolition survey is required 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 will involve a destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas.

A refurbishment and demolition 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.

As with a management survey a refurbishment and demolition survey will involve sampling and analysis to prove or disprove the presence of asbestos.

About Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation.

Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals public buildings etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials that are in a good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.

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