The asbestos survey is an essential part of the management of any asbestos materials within buildings. However, it is essential that this is supported by an initial review to determine the need and extent of any asbestos survey. Not all properties need surveying, but all commercial properties and common parts of dwellings will need an asbestos management plan. Where our initial asbestos risk assessments indicate asbestos may be present within buildings, Thames Laboratories can perform asbestos surveys (also known as asbestos inspections).
We have 25 years experience of performing asbestos surveying in all types of premises. Our experience has allowed us to design specific templates and methodologies to establish what asbestos is present in different properties and buildings, and how these materials are best managed. We are one of a limited number of organisations Accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) for asbestos inspections under ISO 17020.
The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) is now placing specific obligations upon clients to ensure that those employed for the performance of asbestos surveys are competent and as such Thames Laboratories meets all of these requirements. Many licensed asbestos removal contractors are not approved to these standards, as are indeed many of the organisations advertising asbestos surveying services on web search engines. Ultimately it will be the client who will be taken to task by the HSE if they have not undertaken appropriate checks.
Where asbestos materials are found, we are able to prioritise the risk and recommend appropriate actions where necessary. By using a carefully designed survey structure and logically selected criteria, the end result will be reliable data. This data can then be used for the projection of forward maintenance costs, management processes, or the development of asbestos remediation programmes. We are not an asbestos removal company and hence our advise will be based upon the needs of you the client, not the desire to remove the asbestos for commercial gain.
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