What is an Asbestos Survey?
Asbestos containing materials (ACM) are either known to contain asbestos, or presumed to contain asbestos. We confirm the presence of asbestos by taking a sample and having it analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory in the North East. The purpose of an asbestos survey is to conduct a “materials assessment”. This means:
- Find Asbestos Containing Material, record what it is, where it is and how much there is
- Record how accessible it is, its condition and any surface treatment
- Record the asbestos type by sampling or by presuming
There are two types of asbestos survey that can be carried out.
Types of Asbestos Survey
The Management Survey purpose is required to manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of premises. The duty-holder can make a Management Survey where the premises are simple and straightforward. Otherwise, a surveyor is needed.
A Management Survey aims to ensure that:
- nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment
- that the ACM remain in good condition
- that nobody disturbs it accidentally
The Survey must locate ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air. It guides the client, eg in prioritising any remedial work.
Refurbishment / Demolition Survey
The Refurbishment / demolition Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition. The Survey does not need a record of the ACM condition. Normally, a surveyor is needed for Refurbishment / demolition Surveys.
A Refurbishment / demolition Survey aims to ensure that:
- nobody will be harmed by work on ACM in the premises or equipment
- such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way
The Survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.
The above definitions of both survey types are defined by the HSE. We will advise on which one you require as this depends upon your circumstances.
AELS Customer Area
All of your Asbestos Surveys are stored within your customer area. This allows for you to access them from any device at any time. All of our clients are automatically created with an account and provided a username and password to access their secure file space. Each year we archive surveys to ensure that your most recent surveys are easy to find. If you require a survey which is older than a year we can upload this for you and make it available via the secure file space.