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Asbestos Surveys

Every Employer in the UK is required by The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 to “Manage Asbestos” in their premises. Asbestos Essentials offer full Asbestos Surveys.

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Every Employer in the UK is required by The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 to “Manage Asbestos” in their premises. This will require the Employer or person in control of the premises, to:
1. ​Find out if asbestos is present in the building.
2. Assess the condition of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) which may be there.
3. Survey and Sample for Asbestos if required.
4. Keep a written record or register of any ACMS discovered.
5.Act on the findings of what you have discovered to protect your staff, maintenance workers, contractors, visitors and members of the public.
6. Review and update your Asbestos Management Plan at regular intervals.

There are 2 types of Asbestos Survey.   
“Management Survey” 
The purpose is required to manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of your 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:
1. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment
2. that the ACM remain in good condition
3. that nobody disturbs it accidentally
The Survey must locate any ACM’s that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by planned or routine maintenance, or by installing new equipment.  It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment.  This shows the risk of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air.  It guides the client, eg in prioritising any remedial work.​
“Refurbishment and Demolition Survey”
​An R&D Asbestos Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.  AN R&D Survey does not need a record of the ACM condition to be kept.  Normally, a surveyor is needed for Refurbishment / demolition Surveys.​
A Refurbishment / demolition Survey aims to ensure that:
1. ​No Persons will be harmed by work on any ACM’s discovered in the premises or equipment
2. The work will be undertaken by a competent contractor in the right way 
An R&D Survey must locate and identify all ACM’s before any structural work begins at the location or on stated equipment at the premises.  R&D Surveys involve the destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance and is designed to find all asbestos products so that any ACM’s can be made safe or removed prior to any work being undertaken​.

The service delivered by Asbestos Essentials has been unrivalled. The project was delivered with no hindrance, a survey followed by risk assessment and removal – everything went smoothly and efficiently. 

“I am the appointed Principal Designer for the development “45 – 51 Woodhouse Road”… , I could not fault your RAMS and commend you as they are without doubt the best I have ever reviewed.”​Brian Nelson

“Just an email to thank you and in particular for: 1. The speed in returning quotes 2. The quality of the work your men carry out. 3. We only get small to medium sized projects but the service has been fantastic regardless of the size of project. 4. The professional nature work is carried out. 
Kind Regards​ Operations Director

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How much does an  asbestos survey cost?
Asbestos Surveys can cost anywhere from £50 - £1000+ VAT depending on the type of asbestos survey required + the scope of the survey. Residential asbestos surveys will generally cost less depending on whether you require an asbestos management survey, asbestos refurbishment survey, an asbestos testing & removal survey or a demolition survey.

Commercial property surveys will typically cost more. We ask that clients contact us to discuss their requirements so we can provide a more accurate quote over the phone or over e-mail / in person.
What is an Asbestos Management Survey?
An asbestos management survey is typically a survey that involves assessing a property, composition and inclusion of asbestos related materials including floor tiles, ceilings, roofing, walls and other structural areas.

An asbestos report will be produced giving insights into potential risk, known asbestos inclusion and a removal assessment - these are and can be included in property purchase surveys.

We'll identify all instances of asbestos (as is) as well as asbestos-containing materials.
What is an asbestos survey?
An asbestos survey is a legally required assessment of any residential, commercial or industrial building constructed prior to 2000 to determine the presence and type of asbestos containing materials (ACMs). 

If you are planning any type of building works or a major renovation | demolition – either ONE of TWO different types of asbestos survey will need to be carried out, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012 (CAR 2012).

An asbestos survey is also intended to outline any remedial action needed, such as:

Complete asbestos removal - or –
Secured in place under a detailed Asbestos Management Plan

How does an Asbestos Survey work?
There are TWO types of asbestos survey.
Management Survey – a standard inspection that covers all accessible parts of a commercial and industrial property under Regulation 4 “Duty to Manage”, Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012 (CAR 2012).
A non-intrusive, visual inspection with sample analysis is carried out if there is:
• Insufficient evidence to confirm that materials present are asbestos free - or -
• Presence of asbestos is strongly presumed.
A commercial duty-holder is permitted to carry out a Management Survey while a building is normally occupied.
Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey - undertaken before a property is due for major structural renovation or demolition.
This survey type is classified as highly intrusive and should only be carried out when a property is vacant.
The fabric of the building will be disturbed with accompanying damage as a result of robust inspection to gain access to interior spaces, including:
• Holes drilled into walls ceilings or floor
• Walls completely removed
Also applies to small refurbishments involving structural or layout changes such as, removal of partitions and walls.

What are ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials)
ACMS are Asbestos Containing Materials.
Properties built before 2000 may still contain asbestos fibres used in building products produced
as low cost insulation, fire retardant and material strengthener.
Typical interior examples include:
Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB)
Suspended ceiling tiles
Artex ceilings and walls
Sprayed coatings
Bonded floor tiles
Typical exterior examples include:
Corrugated garage roofs
Cement roofing shingles
Fascias, soffits, pipes

What if my property contains asbestos?
Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 24 requires, “raw asbestos and asbestos waste to be properly packaged, labelled, stored and transported”.
When a significant quantity of asbestos is uncovered and formally identified it is essential to ensure a licensed asbestos removal company must carry out a safe, protected and controlled removal.
Alternatively, asbestos identified as in good condition, may be safely left in place by a process known as encapsulation. Asbestos materials are treated with a flexible sealant to form a protective outer layer, which prevents any asbestos fibre particles from escaping into the surrounding environment.