Under Regulation 4 ‘Duty to Manage’, duty holders have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their premises. An asbestos survey is required to understand where asbestos may be present in a building, it will identify the type, condition and extent of any ACM’s (asbestos containing materials) present.
AEC can assist you with your asbestos management and carry out management surveys, reinspection surveys, and refurbishment and demolition surveys and also undertake asbestos sampling and analysis.
We are UKAS accredited to ISO 17020 for asbestos surveys and our in-house testing laboratories are accredited ISO 17025 for the analysis of bulk samples. All of our surveyors hold BOHS P402 certificate.
A management survey is an asbestos survey required to safely manage asbestos and comply with Regulations 4 of CAR 2012. Its purpose is to locate, so far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition. The area inspected should include all areas of the building, such as floor coverings, above false ceilings (ceiling voids), lofts, inside risers, service ducts and lift shafts, basements, cellars, underground rooms, and undercrofts.
A management survey includes an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed.
Management surveys can involve a combination of sampling to confirm asbestos is present or presuming asbestos to be present, and AEC recommends that samples are taken as part of the management survey. All inaccessible areas shall be presumed to contain asbestos until in-depth asbestos surveys are conducted to prove otherwise.
This type of asbestos survey allows duty holders / owners and occupiers to safely manage asbestos in compliance with Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It also allows social housing providers to comply with the risk assessments as outlined in Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Under Regulation 4 'Duty to Manage', you are required to regularly inspect any known asbestos containing materials in your building and keep records up to date. It is recommended inspections should be carried out as part of your asbestos management plan.
AEC can carry out a regular reinspections to ensure your site is safe and compliant. We have many years' experience completing reinspections across a wide portfolio of complex buildings such as hospitals, housing associations/communal areas, commercial properties and schools. On average we survey over 2500 properties annually.
As part of our reinspection asbestos survey, we will provide you with an up to date register, new photographs and recommendations of how to safely manage each material.
As part of our service we will:
A refurbishment and demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out.
This type of asbestos survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place, or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The level of competence and knowledge needed to conduct surveys is much greater than a management survey, and the intrusive nature of the survey presents increased health and safety risks.
Gaining full access is intrusive and extends the management survey to include investigations into reasonably and safely accessible sealed voids and the fabric of the building. This will involve breaking through partition walls, ceilings etc. to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos, and significant damage to fixtures, fittings and parts of the building occurs.
In some situations, where concrete or brickwork requires removal, advice may have to be sought from a competent person, such as a structural engineer. As a consequence, refurbishment and demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees.
There may be some circumstances where the building is still 'occupied' at the time a 'demolition' survey is carried out. For example, in the educational sector where refurbishment/demolition surveys may be conducted in schools or colleges during one holiday, and the work not undertaken until the next holiday period.
In the case of all surveys: an asbestos survey team shall not disturb any suspected asbestos installation in any other way than to take a representative sample (which is usually no bigger than a thumbnail). This measure is designed to minimise the risk of asbestos fibre release to both survey staff and occupants of the building, but also means that the surveyor cannot assess what materials may be present above or behind a suspected asbestos installation.
Furthermore, the removal of an asbestos installation to investigate behind could become a licensable activity and may require the assistance of a licensed removal contractor to carry out such an investigation.
Our experienced analysts are able to undertake the sampling and collection of material suspected to contain asbestos. Samples are then analysed at our in-house UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 laboratories.
Our laboratories offer a flexible and reliable service and offer an express 4hr turnaround service (delivered before 12 noon) or analyse non-urgent samples within 7 days.
We also operate a 24hr drop off service in Manchester and Essex.