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We deliver asbestos surveys which are quality & cost-effective, with no added costs. We have a proud reputation for our level of service for our clients and most of our business comes from recommendation and referrals.

Why you may need an asbestos survey

Since the 6th of April 2012 the control of Asbestos regulations came into force. This means people responsible for non-domestic premises need to know about Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) on their premises, its location, condition and how to manage it. This requires each building to have an asbestos register and management plan.

Additionally, if you are working on a domestic premises, you have a duty of care to ensure that any potential asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) are not disturbed during your work and an asbestos survey must identify these and assist in planning the work.

Not all asbestos surveyors are the same !

We offer all types of asbestos surveys as detailed below:

These are visual inspections only and it must be presumed that any suspect material contains asbestos, unless there is strong evidence to conclude that it is highly unlikely to contain asbestos.

The potential ACM’s location is photographed and a data record is filled in with regards to material type, extent and condition. This data is then transferred to the main survey.

Without laboratory analysis there are still questions unanswered and the duty holder could bear additional cost of managing some non asbestos containing materials.

This is the most preferred type of survey carried out as it provides a laboratory confirmed result, the process is the same as in the presumptive survey but a small sample of the potential.

ACM is taken to be tested at an accredited laboratory, this ensures that only confirmed ACM’s are managed and if no asbestos is found, no management plan is required.

The surveyor follows the same process as for a managing survey but investigating is fully intrusive. If it is suspected that there may be asbestos under the floor, in the walls or between layers of the ceiling, an endoscope is used or the structure must be opened up to reveal potentially hidden asbestos.

This may cause damage to the fabric of the building, but is obviously required if the building is to be demolished or the interior design of the building is going to be changed.

This is a live document that must be created to show how you are managing identified asbestos. This also aids planning any remediation work that may be required, ensuring that it is cost effective as possible.

Accreditations

BOHS accrediatation JW Demolition

The P402 -Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings qualification gives surveyors the requisite background knowledge and practical skills to identify and safely survey buildings for asbestos.The requirement to be formally trained in asbestos surveying work is outlined in HSG264: The Survey Guide, which states that in order to be competent or UKAS-accredited, a surveyor must have sufficient training, qualifications, knowledge, experience and ability to carry out surveying duties. P402 is also quoted in HSG264 as being the most commonly held qualification in the field of asbestos surveying.

The P404qualification is the industry standard for asbestos site analysts, and gives candidates theskills and knowledge required to thoroughly and safelyundertakeair monitoringand the four stages of the clearance process. It also teaches candidates how to identify any outstanding asbestos risk on the site, and how to issuea certificate for reoccupationwhen they are satisfied the site is safe to re-occupy.

P405 –Management of Asbestos in Buildings is the industry standard qualification for those whose work involves asbestos management, such as duty holders, building managers, responsible persons, and those who look after asbestos managementdata. It provides the background knowledge required to manage identified asbestos in buildings, and ensuresthat appropriatemanagement processes are followed and documented properly. It also gives candidates the knowledge to make better procurement decisions, and to monitor the quality of the services provided by other asbestos professionals through understanding the standards and procedures that they should be following.

The P407 qualification builds on the knowledge gained by candidates in P405 –Managing Asbestos in Buildings by going into more technical detail on asbestos management, including how to produce and implement an asbestos management plan,and how to carry out checks on its effectiveness.Additionally, they will learn how to compile an incident report if any asbestos-containing material is disturbed.

The surveyor can:

  • Describe the composition, nature and properties of asbestos, machine made mineral and other fibres and their historical uses.
  • Describe the health effects of asbestos and other fibrous materials and apply appropriate exposure limits
  • Describe the uses of asbestos in buildings and the public health risk that these may pose.
  • Understand the principles of and requirements for asbestos surveys including taking samples and identifying bulk asbestos types by microscopic techniques including relevant safety requirements.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with current good practice in the construction and use of enclosures for asbestos remediation and the use of decontamination units.
  • Understand all the principles of clearance testing, the requirements for measurement and appropriate techniques for post remediation evaluation.
  • Conduct air sampling to determine airborne concentrations of asbestos or other fibres in accordance with defined procedures including microscopic counting techniques.
  • Have the ability to advise on all the various techniques for the management of asbestos in buildings in accordance with good practice.
NORAC

The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC) was established in response to the growing number of asbestos professionals in asbestos surveying, testing and analytical sector that seek to enhance their knowledge and raise standards. Their goals are to improve technical knowledge in all aspects of asbestos consultancy.

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