Asbestos Management Surveys
A Management survey is required for normal occupancy of a building and for routine and simple maintenance. It's purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence, extent and condition of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis at a laboratory to confirm the presence or absence of ACM’s. Representative samples of each suspected ACM are taken and the laboratory will confirm a positive or negative identification of the presence of asbestos. If the material sampled is found to contain asbestos, other homogenous materials used in the same way in the building can be strongly presumed to contain asbestos. The sample results are recorded in the survey report together with appropriate recommendations for managing, containing or removing the asbestos.
Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys
A refurbishment/demolition survey is required before any planned refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM's (Asbestos Containing Materials) in the area where the refurbishment or demolition work will take place.
The purpose of the Survey is to ensure that all contractors and other persons coming into contact with the site are protected from asbestos containing materials during the refurbishment/demolition.
The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspections as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.
A refurbishment/demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) and to estimate their extent and surface area. This measurement can be used by specialist removal contractors as a guide for estimating the cost of removal where necessary. The area to be surveyed may well have to be vacated during the survey and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey. The results of your asbestos survey will be used to bring together a report which will be used to provide you with a detailed & concise picture of the presence and type of any asbestos in your building together with guidance and advice about the most appropriate way to manage the asbestos
Where a contractor or competent person has identified potential asbestos in a domestic dwelling either through selling the property or undergoing refurbishment, then a sample collection can be undertaken which involves simply attending the site, collecting the sample(s) and having them analysed for the presence of asbestos.