Need An Asbestos Survey?

Yes, we’re qualified asbestos surveyors as well as being experienced building surveyors!

That’s great news for our clients, because they benefit from our vast experience of buildings, as well as our specialist knowledge of asbestos and where it was used.

When we attend your premises to conduct an asbestos survey, there will always be at least two surveyors present – this increases the accuracy of the survey and ensures that you get the best possible result.

Asbestos Regulations

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 dictate that all commercial premises built prior to 2000 require an asbestos register. The register has to be compiled by a “competent person,” which is generally understood to mean an asbestos surveyor.

The asbestos register is compiled by an asbestos following an in-depth inspection of the property, during which any asbestos containing materials are identified, photographed and where necessary, tested to either confirm the presence  of asbestos in a material, or most commonly, to rule it out.

Asbestos Survey Types

Management Asbestos Survey

In order to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations, a Management Survey is all that will be required.

This type of survey is mainly visual in nature, but any materials suspected of containing asbestos will be tested where necessary, according to the client's own requirements.

Often, materials are tested in order to rule out the presence of asbestos, otherwise, suspect materials have to be presumed to contain asbestos, which can cause complications later.

Asbestos registers are provided to the building's Duty Holder and are not logged with any government agency.

If asbestos containing materials are noted during the survey, this does not mean that they have to be removed.

Refurbishment Asbestos Survey

A Refurbishment Survey is required when a building is to undergo major refurbishment, so that contractors and their staff working on the property are not inadvertently exposed to asbestos fibres during the refurbishment project.

This is a more intrusive survey and the surveyor will need to know the extent of the refurbishment so that the affected areas can be adequately inspected prior to the work commencing.

If the refurbishment project involves only part of the building, then only that area needs to have the refurbishment survey – the rest of the property can be inspected under a management survey.

Demolition Asbestos Survey

A demolition survey is required whenever a commercial building (or part of it) is to be demolished and must be in place prior to the demolition works being started.

This is a destructive and intrusive survey requiring all asbestos containing materials to be identified in order to prevent accidental exposure to asbestos fibres during demolition.

Occasionally, it is not possible to conduct a full demolition survey until a soft strip is being undertaken, in which case, we would return to site in order to conduct an additional inspection and carry out more testing as appropriate.

Extensive sampling is undertaken so that all suspected materials are either confirmed to contain asbestos or not. The location of all ACM's is noted, along with approximate quantities and their location.