Environmental Essentials are UKAS accredited to undertake Asbestos Management, Demolition and re-inspection Surveys throughout the UK.
We have vast experience undertaking survey programmes for a wide range of sectors ranging from off-shore platforms, hospitals, manufacturing sites, multi-site industrial complexes, retail sites, office accommodation, public buildings through to large scale residential portfolios.
Our experts will customise the scope of your Management Survey/s to ensure delivery of a site-specific and purposeful management tool. Our web-enabled asbestos database is one of the most effective and user-friendly available in the industry.
Asbestos Management Surveys
A Management Survey is the standard survey required on any building built before 2000. 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 access their condition.
Management surveys 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 will include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs 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 ACMs as it will identify the materials that will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.
Management surveys will generally cover routine and simple maintenance work. However, where more extensive maintenance or repair work is involved a refurbishment survey will be required.
Re-inspection schedules can be tailored to your specific requirements which we will establish with you. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 requires that the condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) must be inspected regularly and records updated accordingly. The risk is assessed by the type, extent, condition and location of the asbestos.
Over time, asbestos-based products can degenerate, weather or be accidentally damaged thereby causing the risks associated with the material to change substantially.
Additionally, the approved code of practice requires the asbestos management plan to be reviewed every six months. We can advise on or supply efficient methods for complying with this requirement.
Environmental Essentials surveyors can re-inspect any previously surveyed property and update the information held. This service can be provided on a one-off basis or for periods of three, five or ten years. The longer-term options ensure the consistent maintenance of compliance information and provide the advantage of cost certainty that protects your investment in the initial survey.
Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition takes place on buildings built. This type of survey is used to locate and describe as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destruction inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or plant removal or dismantling.
Asbestos refurbishment surveys are fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection methods, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. Aggressive inspection techniques may be required to lift up carpets and floor tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. Asbestos refurbishment surveys should generally only be completed in unoccupied areas. The purpose of this is to minimise risks to the personnel on the premises. Where practicable to do so, the building or area should not be operational and all furnishings vacated.