ABS can provide UK-wide UKAS accredited (Inspection body 0298) Asbestos Surveys across all sectors and survey types keeping you and your team/family safe and compliant at all times.
An asbestos survey is the cornerstone of any Asbestos Management plan, and is a legal requirement for all non-domestic properties built pre-2000. In addition, an Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition survey is required prior to any intrusive works on a pre-2000 property as highlighted in the Control of Asbestos regulations 2012.
What Does a Survey Involve?
Our UKAS Accredited team offer:
- Full Asbestos Management Inspection
- Full Asbestos Refurbishment/Pre-Demolition Survey
- Asbestos Re-Inspection Survey
- Asbestos Sample Analysis
Our highly skilled team have extensive experience across all property types and ages, allowing them to provide accurate expert advice on asbestos risks and how best to manage them.
Furthermore, our own in-house Asbestos testing lab allows us to turn survey reports around quickly and accurately as we are in full control of the quality and timeline for survey and analysis and allows us to ensure safe management or removal of asbestos to ensure safety for anyone at risk of exposure.
Types of Survey
It is a legal requirement for the owners, and duty holders to manage the risk of asbestos exposure within a property built pre-2000.
This is required on all non-domestic property, but also domestic priorities where trades are involved.
Selecting the right kind is critical – that’s why we’re here to help!
See further information on survey types below, or look at out Frequently Asked Questions!
An Asbestos Management Survey is the minimum standard level Asbestos Survey and is a legal requirement for the duty holder of all non-domestic properties built before 2000. This is outlined within Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 This non-intrusive survey is designed to locate – as far as reasonably practicable – all asbestos containing materials (ACMs) that could be disturbed during normal occupancy or light maintenance work.
Importantly, the common areas of domestic properties (e.g. common stairs within block of flats) falls within the requirement of an asbestos survey.
This survey will involve sampling of all suspect materials, as well as presuming the presence of asbestos where there is insufficient evidence to confirm that a product is asbestos free. In addition, an Asbestos Management survey will contain an assessment of the material type, condition and likelihood of disturbance to allow this to be the basis of an Asbestos Management Plan going forward.
An Asbestos Refurbishment Survey is a scope-specific survey required prior to any works being undertaken on a property constructed before 2000. This fully intrusive survey aims to locate and describe – as far as reasonably practicable – any asbestos containing materials (ACM) likely to be disturbed as part of the planned refurbishment works.
Essentially this is part of the risk assessment required by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Reg 5) ensuring no tradespeople are likely to be exposed to asbestos as part of their works.
This survey will involve sampling of all suspect materials, as well as details and recommendations on required asbestos removal works following the inspection. Due to the destructive nature of these surveys, the area will need to be vacated prior to survey start. Where an extended time gap is required between asbestos refurbishment survey and works beginning, some temporary “making good” may be required to allow safe reoccupation.
An Asbestos Pre-demolition Survey is required prior to any demolition work being undertaken on a property constructed before 2000. This fully intrusive survey should be carried only once the building or area has been vacated for demolition to ensure full access is available to all areas.
This survey will involve extensive intrusions to all areas of the property with the view to locating and describing – as far as reasonably practicable – any asbestos containing materials (ACM) likely to be disturbed as part of the planned demolition works.
An Asbestos Re-Inspection Survey is a central part of the Duty to Manage asbestos and is an essential part of any asbestos management strategy. This inspection should be carried out at least annually (although more frequently if higher risk products) and is used to ensure that the condition, and associated risk, of an asbestos product does not deteriorate over time.
For example, a sealed Asbestos Insulation panel may be a low risk product, however if the condition were to degrade over time then this can very quickly become a significant risk to those in the area.
Virtual Walk Throughs
ABS now offer bespoke 360 walkthrough to combine identified Asbestos data from a survey with an immersive 360 view of the the property.
This system can pinpoint sample locations and asbestos materials, adding annotations and further information, as well as direct connection to our client portal for material assessment score and recommendations.
The below is an example of this system in operation on a domestic property. This example is for demonstration purposes only and shows where asbestos could be on a similar typical property.
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