Asbestos Surveys

Award Health & Safety will arrange both types of asbestos survey, management asbestos survey, (the old Type 2 asbestos survey) and refurbishment & demolition asbestos surveys, (the old type 3 asbestos survey), across Hampshire & the UK as detailed below:

Management Asbestos Survey

– this used to be known as a “Type 2 Asbestos Survey”

Subject to quote. A management asbestos survey, this used to be known as a “Type 2 Asbestos Survey” is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

A Management Asbestos Survey, this used to be known as a “Type 2 Asbestos Survey” will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.

A management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various ACM’s and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing ACM’s as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

The asbestos survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However a management asbestos survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. A management asbestos survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (ie a material assessment).

‘Common Areas’ Asbestos Surveys for blocks of flats

The common areas of a block of flats if built before the year 2000 will fall under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and will need an asbestos survey to cover the common areas such as stairs and corridors but not the individual flats. All blocks of flats will also need a Fire Risk Assessment.

It is not unusual to find the sale of a flat is held up by not having these in place.

If you are a Block Manager or the freeholder of a block of flats we can carry out both an Asbestos Survey and a Fire Risk Assessment for you in one visit, ensuring you meet your legal obligations.

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Refurbishment & Demolition Asbestos Survey

– this used to be known as a “Type 3 Asbestos Survey”

Subject to quote. A Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey, this used to be known as a “Type 3 Asbestos Survey” is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of asbestos survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM’s in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned.

The asbestos survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey, this used to be known as a “Type 2 Asbestos Survey”, may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.

There is a specific requirement in CAR 2012 (regulation 7) for all ACM’s to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before major refurbishment or final demolition. Removing ACM’s is also appropriate in other smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings (eg removal of partitions, walls, units etc). Under CDM, the asbestos survey information should be used to help in the tendering process for removal of ACM’s from the building before work starts. The asbestos survey report should be supplied by the client to designers and contractors who may be bidding for the work, so that the asbestos risks can be addressed.

In this type of asbestos survey, where the asbestos is identified so that it can be removed (rather than to ‘manage’ it), the asbestos survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present. However, where the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACM’s condition will need to be assessed and the materials managed.

A Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey is intended to locate all the asbestos in the building (or the relevant part), as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. In these situations, controls should be put in place to prevent the spread of debris, which may include asbestos.

Refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees on the premises. Ideally, the building should not be in service and all furnishings removed. For minor refurbishment, this would only apply to the room involved or even part of the room where the work is small and the room large. In these situations, there should be effective isolation of the survey area (e.g. full floor to ceiling partition), and furnishings should be removed as far as possible or protected using sheeting.

The ‘surveyed’ area must be shown to be fit for reoccupation before people move back in. This will require a thorough visual inspection and, if appropriate (eg where there has been significant destruction), reassurance air sampling with disturbance. Under no circumstances should staff remain in rooms or areas of buildings when intrusive sampling is performed.

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