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Is an asbestos survey required?

If you own or maintain non-domestic premises that were built before the year 2000, then it is a legal requirement for you to have had this property surveyed by a qualified asbestos specialist.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 state that you owe a duty of care to anyone who visits your property, and by having a survey completed you are able to ensure this. If someone is harmed by asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on your premises and you do not have a survey in place, you are then at risk of facing serious legal sanctions.

What types of asbestos surveys are there?

There are two recognized types of survey for ACMs.

A Management Survey is required to monitor and manage asbestos-containing materials during the normal occupation and use of your premises.  It will normally take the place of a visual inspection, with a minimum of intrusive work and material sampling. The surveyor or inspector may be able to identify ACMs without taking samples. Most functioning commercial or multi-tenancy properties require a management survey.

This type of survey aims to ensure that where ACMs are present on the premises or in equipment, they are kept in good condition and that no-one is harmed by their continuing presence.  It also verifies that sufficient measures are in place so that visitors or employees do not accidentally disturb it. It’s likely that there will be some minor asbestos disturbance in order to assess the material.  

A management survey will also provide guidance on maintaining a safe environment and what steps to take if remedial work is required.

A Refurbishment / Demolition Survey must take place prior to major refurbishment, remedial construction or demolition of a premises.  A suitably qualified surveyor is normally required.

The survey aims to ensure that the planned work will be carried out by a suitable contractor in the right way, and that no-one will be harmed by working around ACM in the equipment or premises.

The area must be evacuated while the survey takes place as it will involve disturbance of materials and destructive inspection of ACMs.  Once the survey is complete, the site must be certified as ‘fit for reoccupation’ before work can commence.

 

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What happens during an asbestos survey?

In an office environment, surveyors will look in ceiling voids, under carpets and in areas of the building where routine maintenance occurs. The surveyor will log each room in the building and report on the materials used to construct it. If the surveyor cannot access a particular area (locked room, sealed void) they will deem it as ‘not accessed’ and presume that asbestos may be present. This is a safety system to protect those who may enter that area in the future. If you intend to refurbish or demolish a property then the type of survey required will be more destructive. It will involve more destructive access to the property to allow the surveyor to access areas where work is being undertaken. It may also involve assistance from:

  • A lift engineer to access the shafts and the pit
  • An electrician to access electrical systems and switchgear
  • MEWP to access the outer building at high level
  • Concrete core drilling to access below floor slabs

All parts of the building where work will take place should be accessed and the duty-holder or property owner should provide as much information and assistance to the survey team as is possible. This type of survey should be undertaken when the property is empty and ideally when it will not be reoccupied. Careful planning is required however in live hospitals, residential homes etc where residents staff and patients are present 24 hours a day. We specialise in this type of work and can safely assist in the expedition of surveys under these challenging conditions.

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Arrange for an asbestos survey today!

The expert team at RB Asbestos have 30 years of experience in completing asbestos surveys for a variety of different properties. There is no one better placed than us to discover whether or not your premises contains any asbestos containing materials. For free, expert advice from one of our knowledgeable and helpful advisors, call R B Asbestos today on 0800 141 2676. Unable to discuss your case over the phone right now? No problem! You can also get in touch with the R B Asbestos team by contacting us online.

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