Thames Laboratories Asbestos Survey Service
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 dwellings will need an asbestos management plan. Where our initial asbestos risk assessments indicate asbestos may be present within buildings, we can perform asbestos surveys (also known as asbestos inspections).
Are you planning any demolition or refurbishment?
It sounds like a refurbishment and demolition survey will be needed. They are carried out when a commercial building or residential property is to be demolished or when redevelopment is carried out. The survey should focus on the client’s requirements and where the refurbishment/demolition works are planned to be undertaken and their extent. It is important to note that this type of survey will assess the type of asbestos-containing materials (ACM’s) and that in doing this some may involve some damage to allow access to all relevant areas for sampling.
This type of survey can be targeted to specific areas of work, such as a kitchen or bathroom refurbishment or removal of specific walls for a few examples. This minimises damage being caused in areas in which works are not planned or required.
Management Surveys are designed to locate, as far as reasonably possible, the presence of asbestos materials in the building that could be damaged or disturbed as part of normal occupancy.
This type of survey can involve taking samples of suspect materials to confirm the presence of asbestos, as well as presuming that asbestos is present. Management Surveys would normally be performed on a site where no renovation/refurbishment works are due to be carried out for the foreseeable future.
Whenever working with asbestos, or instructing asbestos surveys, it is always best practice to ensure any personnel or contractors being utilised meet the relevant requirements.
The HSE has a wide range of resources available surrounding asbestos surveys – find out more here – https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/surveys.htm
We have 30 years of experience in performing UKAS accredited asbestos surveys. 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.
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