Asbestos surveying services
Burley Consultants work within a range of different industries. Our sampling and surveying techniques are conducted in accordance with HSG264: The Survey Guide. Our analysis work is sub-contracted to a local UKAS Accredited Laboratory. We provide a high standard of quality and technical competency through our consulting and surveying activities.
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Increasing numbers of owners or prospective purchasers of a property are requesting an asbestos survey or one-off sample identification. The following information provides an overview of the processes involved in a survey:
Initial Assessment – A surveyor will make an initial assessment of the property. This involves a detailed inspection of all rooms and accessible voids to identify areas, which might contain asbestos.
Sampling - Materials suspected of containing asbestos will be sampled for laboratory testing. The surveyor uses specialist hand tools, personal protective equipment and precision to obtain a small representative sample.
Identification – The samples will be analysed by an independant laboratory to establish the presence and type of asbestos.
Reporting – Based on the site inspection and sample results, a detailed report is produced. The report identifies materials containing asbestos, condition, risk assessment and management / remedial action.
There are two catergories of surveying;
Management Survey or Refurbishment / Demolition Survey.
A mandatory duty to manage asbestos forms part of the Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012 (Regulation 4). The duty holder of the premises is anyone responsible for maintaining and repairing all or part of the property. The duty holder has a legal duty to manage the risk of asbestos containing materials and building occupants have a duty to co-operate with whoever manages the risk.
This duty to manage asbestos is applied to all non-domestic properties and common areas of residential rented properties (including halls, stairs, lifts and roof spaces).
To become compliant with Regulation 4 you need to identify whether your buildings contain asbestos and what condition it is in, assess the risk and make a management plan.
A Management Survey will assess the material under inspection and provide valuable information for the risk assessment, as to the location, material and the condition. The risk assessment will form the basis of the Management Plan, which details and records the actions to be undertaken, to manage and reduce the risks from asbestos. Asbestos in a good condition, which is unlikely to be disturbed, should not be removed.
We provide owners of premises or duty holders with a comprehensive surveying and sampling register, which includes material assessments and required remedial actions. These form the basis of a management plan to comply with the legal duty to manage the risk of asbestos.
Construction and Demolition
The gradual increase in economic growth in the construction sector has attributed to the expanding demand from house builders, commercial work and private renovations.
It is arguably this sector that poses the greatest risk of disturbing asbestos. The refurbishment and demolition of a premise requires a full access and sampling survey.
The Refurbishment / Demolition Survey is required before any major building works can be carried out. The surveyor actively exposes concealed areas of the building fabric to identify asbestos containing materials.
We work with Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Construction/Builders, Demolition Contractors and Property Developers to provide a comprehensive report detailing the presence of asbestos. The survey report is used as a basis for tendering the removal of asbestos containing materials.
Occassionally, concealed structural elements may only be accessed during the early processes of demolition. It is recommended that a surveyor accompany the demolition team to identify concealed asbestos containing materials.