Asbestos Surveys

Under the guidance set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSG 264), there are two types of asbestos survey. These are: asbestos management surveys and asbestos refurbishment or demolition surveys.

AMC also provide a third type of survey, the residential asbestos survey. We aim to give you complete confidence in your ability to meet your obligations under the UK’s asbestos law.

Asbestos management surveys

Asbestos management surveys are standard inspections undertaken to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building.

These surveys aim to uncover asbestos which might be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation. It will also assess their present condition and risk factor. The findings of the management survey form the basis of the property’s asbestos register.

Asbestos management surveys will usually involve discrete intrusive work and minor disturbance. The survey may involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, it can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. It can also be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presumed ACMs or, indeed, just presuming.

The HSG264 Asbestos Management Survey supersedes the MDHS100 Type 1 or Type 2 Survey.

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Refurbishment and demolition surveys

A refurbishment and demolition survey is required before conducting refurbishment or demolition work. The survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place. This can also cover the whole building if demolition is planned.

The survey is fully intrusive and involves destructive inspection, if necessary, to gain access to areas that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required before intrusive maintenance and repair work can be carried out or before plant removal and dismantling.

There is a specific requirement in The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 7) for all ACMs to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before major refurbishment or final demolition. Removing ACMs is also appropriate in other smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings.

Selection of the type of survey most appropriate is made at the initial planning stage. It’s dependent upon your specific requirements and the particular circumstances of the property.

The 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.

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Working with your refurbishment team

As most demolition and refurbishment works are time critical, AMC has developed its approach to project specific intrusive surveys to speed the process and reduce the cost of project completion.

Working collaboratively alongside your refurbishment or demolition teams, we survey only the specific areas where works are planned to be undertaken. We’ll produce a survey report together with marked-up plans identifying the scope and specification of any items for removal, if required.

Restricting the areas surveyed to those specifically affected by the works means that costs and timescales can be kept to a minimum. It also ensures that the project can completed safely and as efficiently as possible without unnecessary delay to completion or risk of discovering any untimely surprises.

To minimise any potential disruption to the project schedule, the survey report (including scope and specification) can be sent to you via email or supplied in hard copy or CD format.

Residential asbestos surveys

Our residential asbestos surveys are designed to give you peace of mind. Whilst not formally expressed by the Health and Safety Executive Guidance, the AMC team are often asked to undertake asbestos inspections to private dwelling.

We have adapted the asbestos management survey to so that our residential survey includes all the relevant risk assessments and guidance to satisfy the homeowner or tenant.

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AMC’s team of highly experienced surveyors are able to perform each of the three types of asbestos survey detailed here. The type of asbestos survey most appropriate will be dependent on you and your property specific requirements.

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If you have any questions or would like to book in an asbestos survey please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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