Hall Wood Business Park
North Dane Way
Chatham Kent ME5 8YE

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Asbestos Surveys

Since May 2004 people responsible for non-domestic premises have needed to know about Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM's) on their premises, it's location, condition and how to manage it. This requires each building to have an asbestos register and management plan available on site. 

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 planing the work prior to starting on site.


The Surveyors Guide

Our surveyors have extensive experience, having initially started within the industry as asbestos operatives, before progressing through the group. This gives an excellent level of competence due to extensive on site experience and insight into where potential ACM's can be found.

All are fully qualified to current industry standards (BOHS P402) and have experience of surveying anything from a small residential flat through to large offices and industrial sites that are in constant use.  All samples are tested at an independent UKAS Accredited Laboratory.


Management Survey (presumptive)

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

Management Survey (sampling)

This is the most preferred type of survey carried out as it provides a laboratory confirmed result. The procedure and cost of the survey is usually the same as a presumptive survey but has the additional cost of the samples and the benefit of their results.  The process is the same as in the presumptive survey but a small sample of the potential ACM is taken to be tested at a UKAS Accredited Laboratory.  This ensures that only confirmed ACM's are managed and if no asbestos is found, no management plan is required.

Refurbishment and Demolition Survey

The surveyor follows the same process as for a Managing Survey but investigation 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 endescope 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 if the interior design of the building is going to be changed.  Our full HSE licence ensures that we are able to build air tight enclosures under negative pressure to ensure we are able to intrusively investigate any voids within the work area.

Additional information about this regulation is available by clicking on the HSE web link on the links page or there is an HSE Step by Step Guide which gives 12 steps to managing asbestos to aid creation of your own survey and management plan, which can be found here.