Asbestos Surveys

When you need to know if there is asbestos in your property – R B Asbestos Consultants can help you select the survey which is suitable for you.

Being an independent consultancy, which does not carry out asbestos removal, we have no vested interest in discovering asbestos in your property.

You can be assured we strictly adhere to the government’s HSG 264 Survey Guide that places responsibility on both you (the duty holder) and us, the surveyors to identify asbestos if it exists in your building.

R B Asbestos Consultants provides two types of survey for asbestos containing materials.

Survey Types:

Management Asbestos Survey

A Management Asbestos Survey is the minimum required by law for non-domestic property built pre-2000 (formerly known as a Type 2 survey).

A non-intrusive survey, it covers all visible and accessible areas of the property. It is designed to account for general daily activities likely to occur within a property during normal occupation and use – including maintenance.

It involves little intrusion and minor disturbance in order for our experts to assess if the threat of any asbestos is present.

The survey will be undertaken by an experienced asbestos surveyor, adhering to HSG 264:The Survey Guide.

It is the responsibility of the duty holder (i.e. the owner or maintaining tenant of a property) to commission the survey – as stipulated in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. A duty holder who has not fulfilled their legal responsibility regarding asbestos can face prosecution by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) if an employee/tenant/member of the public is exposed to asbestos.

Once completed, should any asbestos be present, the Management Survey will detail the asbestos type, location, extent, condition, any surface treatment and any remedial action to be taken. You are then required to draw up a ‘management plan’ to protect employees, tenants or contractors from exposure to asbestos.

Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Survey

The Refurbishment / Demolition Asbestos Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, needs upgrading, refurbishment or demolition (formerly known as a Type 3 survey).

By law you will need this survey prior to any demolition or significant works to a non-domestic property built pre 2000. ‘Significant’ could mean removing walls, doors, windows etc. or installing new equipment.  The demolition survey need not necessarily cover the whole property. In our experience it is often better to target the survey at the specific works which will be undertaken.

So what does this entail? A Refurbishment/Demolition Survey is much more intrusive and involves destructive inspection methods (lifting floor coverings, breaking through walls/ceilings and behind wall cladding) to gain access to all areas within the building. The area being surveyed must be, wherever possible, vacated.

The HSG 264 Survey Guide stipulates that the duty holder (i.e. the owner or maintaining tenant of a property) should provide the surveyor with as much information about the site, such as site layout, site plans, a previous survey report (if applicable), site photos, or site hazards prior to the survey.

A duty holder who has not fulfilled their legal responsibility regarding asbestos can face prosecution by the HSE if an employee/tenant/member of the public is exposed to asbestos.

Once completed, should any asbestos be present, the Refurbishment/Demolition Survey will state the location, presence and extent of asbestos containing materials and debris. The survey will also detail any remedial/removal action required.

Don’t worry! We will walk you through every step – and help you tick every ‘to do’ box.

Not sure which survey you need?

No problem – R B Asbestos can easily assess this for you.