Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 and causes about  5000 deaths every year according to the Health and Safety Executive. The duty to manage asbestos belongs to  those who manage commercial premises. See the table below and click for further information from the asbestos section of HSE.

duty to manage Asbestos from HSE

Asbestos must be managed and the HSE have several guides; which you can order online for a small fee.

Asbestos management surveys are necessary to identify all the asbestos available in a building as much as practically possible. The survey tends to be time-consuming and intensely intrusive. It can disrupt the working of your office, seriously impacting the daily routine. Professional surveyors are for the most part forceful in detecting asbestos and may turn to lifting covers and tiles. They may even need to get through dividers and ceilings, disassemble claddings and parcels and open up false ceilings and floorings to make the overview as comprehensive as could be allowed.

When a survey is commissioned you must verify that there are controls set up to constrain the spread of flotsam and jetsam which more likely than not might likewise contain asbestos. The surveys are for the most part done in detached and vacant zones to minimize the danger to individuals and staff present on the premises. It is pretty evident that all furniture and records should be uprooted and the spot peeled off its furnishings before the demolition overview is initiated.

If the study is constrained to a specific room or zone, then just that part should be emptied of all fittings and apparatuses. Non-removable things can be protected using special sheeting. Destructive inspection is sometimes inevitable to gain access to all areas. It is necessary to assist the removal of all asbestos material. The survey report necessitates inclusion of all materials inspected and sampled. They must be tested by an accredited laboratory to identify all asbestos positive materials.

The survey itself must include a register that details all the findings of the survey in as comprehensive manner as possible. It must also include photographs of sampling points, site plan of individual sampling point, a certificate of analysis from an accredited UK laboratory and a full report in the prescribed format.

There are several kinds of surveys that can be undertaken. The most important of them is the Management Asbestos Survey. Here, the complete organization as well as all its surroundings is taken into account. In this survey, the managerial level of the company including the owner, the manager and the duty in-charge are kept informed on all that is going on. It is the duty of the one conducting the survey to keep all parties informed. The main aim of this survey is to ensure that everyone is kept safe from the ill effects of asbestos. The results of the survey are made known as soon as it is conducted. Based on the extent of asbestos present, a detailed process on how it should be tackled is put forth. Once this is done, there are periodic checks that take place to ensure there is no recurrence or additional disintegration

If the building or even just part of it needs upgrading, refurbishing or is being demolished then an asbestos demolition survey or refurbishment survey is required.  An asbestos surveyor is needed for refurbishment / demolition surveys.

A demolition survey is carried out to ensure that nobody will be harmed whilst working in the premises and that the work being carried out will be done by the right contractor in the correct and safest way.

Provide the surveyor with the site layout, building plans, building specifications or architect’s drawings, and any history of asbestos work.  Point out your site hazards, including means of safe access to heights. Provide keys, etc.


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