Asbestos Surveying

A Management Asbestos Survey used is to locate the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (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. It will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc. A Management Survey should include 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. This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing ACMs as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

The Asbestos Survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, a Management Survey can also involve presuming the presence of asbestos. A Management Survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (a material assessment).

The Management Survey purpose is required to manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of premises. A Management Survey aims to ensure that:

a. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment;
b. that the ACM remain in good condition; and
c. that nobody disturbs it accidentally

The survey must locate ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to undertake a Materials Risk Assessment. This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air. It guides the client, e.g. in prioritising any remedial work.

The survey involves inspection of all areas that are accessed during daily use or foreseeable maintenance, any materials suspected of containing asbestos will be sampled to determine the presence and type of asbestos.

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Refurbishment / Demolition surveys

The Refurbishment / Demolition Survey is required where a premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition. The survey does not need a record of the condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACM).

A Refurbishment / Demolition Survey aims to ensure that:

  • nobody will be harmed by work on ACM in the premises or equipment;
  • such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way

The survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.

ASK Environmental can provide a bespoke service for both Refurbishment / Demolition and Management Surveys, find out how we can help.

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