When you instruct Asbestos 365 to conduct your asbestos survey or asbestos test we will advise you on the type of survey that is required.
A normal asbestos survey will usually involve testing relevant materials to detect the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs).
Its not always necessary to carry out a full asbestos survey, if you already have an asbestos survey or you are only working on one area an asbestos test might be more suitable where we just take a quick bulk sample.
Our staff are highly experienced at testing and presuming the presence of ACMs and will thoroughly test all materials which may be a potential risk of releasing airborne fibres.
A management survey is the most common type of asbestos survey. Its purpose is to locate and identify the presence, extent and condition of asbestos as far as reasonably practicable without causing any damage. This allows us to use our experience to recommend the management and action plan on positive ACM'S and what is best for property moving forward.
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 or absence 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 (i.e. a material assessment).
Asbestos Management surveys will often involve some minor intrusive works. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties. Following completion of your Asbestos Management Survey, you will be provided with a report detailing the location, condition and and type of any asbestos found within the building.
Our Asbestos Management Surveys will include a risk assessment of the condition of the various Asbestos Containing Materials found and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This will give you a good initial guide to the priority for managing Asbestos Containing Materials as it will identify the materials that will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed. Also, each location will have a description noting products that are non ACM'S just in case future works are needed and the report can be revised than another site visit.
Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys
An Asbestos Refurbishment Survey or Asbestos Demolition Survey is required to find the presence of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) before any works can take place.
Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys are intended to locate all of the asbestos within the building (or the relevant part), as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. In these situations, controls should be put in place to prevent the spread of debris, which may include asbestos.
Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys should only be carried out in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees on the premises, also ideally all furnishings removed. For minor refurbishment, this would only apply to the room involved or even part of the room where the work is small and the room large. In these situations, there should be effective isolation of the survey area (e.g. full floor to ceiling partition), and furnishings should be removed as far as possible or protected using sheeting. The ‘surveyed’ area must be shown to be fit for reoccupation before people move back in.
Testing & Bulk Analysis
Our experienced surveyors can carry out the an asbestos test on suspected materials, this is more effective if you have suspicions of individual items rather than requiring a full survey,
Asbestos testing is carried out in accordance with HSE Guidance Notes HSG 248 and HSG264, and our in-house procedures. Samples are taken in a safe and controlled manner, minimising the risk of inadvertent fibre release. Sample points will be safely encapsulated on completion and marked with a location sticker where appropriate.
Bulk samples are examined for the presence and type of asbestos using industry-leading techniques. Our well established and vastly experienced UKAS accredited laboratory is able to offer a fast service with 24hrs turnaround on results.
If you have already had Asbestos Surveys conducted you should have key information available such as a Material Hazard Assessment, which provides a basic indication of how liable an asbestos-containing material (ACM) is to release airborne fibre. It is then up to the duty holder to determine the specific risk that each ACM poses based on the level of occupation in the area where it was found, and then to produce an Asbestos Management Plan.
Recommendations will be made by the qualified surveyor. If any products are seen to have suffered from any damage since the original report, they will advise on the process moving forward i.e. mange, and maintain, encapsulation or removal.