Management Survey (formerly Type 2)
This is the standard survey with the purpose of locating as far as reasonably practicable the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs). A management survey will include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed.
Management surveys usually involve taking samples of the suspected ACMs for independent UKAS accredited laboratory analysis which confirms whether or not asbestos is present. However a management survey can also include presuming the presence of asbestos.
This type of survey will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of disturbance will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties. An agreement between the dutyholder/client and surveyor to this effect must be sought before the survey commences.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey (formerly Type 3)
This survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the area where the refurbishment work will take place, or in the whole building if demolition is planned.
This survey enables planned removal of ACMs which will be disturbed by the refurbishment or demolition works well in advance of the works commencing. Guidance will also be provided in instances where identified ACMs may remain in situ during the refurbishment or demolition works, as applicable.
A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be conducted to establish the economic future or viability of an occupied building(s).
Separate refurbishment and demolition surveys may be undertaken of individual areas within the same building as various projects are planned over a period of years.
The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. Refurbishment and demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas, ideally the building should not be in service and all furnishings removed.
Samples of suspected ACMs will be taken for independent UKAS accredited laboratory analysis which confirms whether or not asbestos is present.
A combination of both survey types is also feasible within a building where refurbishment or demolition works are planned in specific areas.
We are accredited by UKAS to undertake surveying for asbestos in premises. All surveys are undertaken in accordance with the Health & Safety publication HSG 264 Asbestos: The survey guide and internal surveying procedures.
We will will undertake annual inspections of confirmed or presumed asbestos containing materials (ACMs) already identified within a pre-existing asbestos register or report. The ACMs will be reassessed to enable on-going management of asbestos risks within the building and additional recommended actions will be provided as necessary.
We also undertake bulk sampling of individual asbestos containing materials (ACMs) for independent UKAS accredited laboratory analysis which confirms whether or not asbestos is present. Advice will be offered if further surveying requirements are identified or if asbestos removal services are necessary.