Eurosafe UK are UKAS accredited (No. 0223) to undertake all types of asbestos surveys, priority risk assessments and annual management re-inspections
Surveys are undertaken by our own in-house, highly qualified and trained surveyors in accordance with HSG 264 – Asbestos: The Survey Guide.
Management survey (previously known as Type 1 and Type 2 surveys)
A Management Survey is a standard survey which can be completed during normal occupation of the building. 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 routine and simple maintenance works and installation of equipment etc.
Asbestos Management Surveys will usually involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of this will vary between premises. The survey will also 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 assist in prioritising the management of ACMs as it identifies the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.
The survey may involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. All of our samples are analysed by UKAS accredited laboratories. However, it can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos or a combination of both sampling and presuming of ACMs.
The survey will involve inspection of all areas (as far as reasonable practicable) of the property and should include under-floor coverings, subfloor voids, basements, cellars, above suspended false ceilings, inside risers, service ducts, lift shafts and behind fascia and soffits (please note that this list is not exhaustive and certain areas may need additional requirements such as lift engineers and electrical engineers. This will be discussed in the survey planning stages).
The aim of the survey is to ensure that:
- No person is harmed by the continuing presence of ACMs in a premises or equipment
- That the ACM remains in good condition
- That no person disturbs an ACM accidently
It should be noted that there is no requirement to remove ACM’s as it may be more problematic than the careful controlled management of the material. ACMs may often be encapsulated, protected or sealed. It is important to remember that asbestos materials which are in good condition are safe and it is only when a material is damaged that airborne fibres are released.
A refurbishment survey will be required for all works that disturbs the fabric of the building.
Refurbishment /Demolition Surveys (previously known as Type 3 surveys)
A refurbishment/demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe as far as reasonable practicable, all ACMs in the area where refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if a demolition is planned. The 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 and could include the lifting of floors or breaking through partitions and ceilings.
The survey ‘area’ must be vacated and unoccupied at the time of surveying.Ideally a premises would need to be isolated for electrics but Eurosafe UK have surveying techniques which ensure that decommissioning or isolation is only required where other investigative techniques have been unsuccessful.
There is a specific requirement in CAR 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 on other smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings (e.g. removal of partitions, walls, units etc).
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. However, where the asbestos removal may not take place for some time, the ACMs’ condition will need to be assessed and the materials managed (see CAR 2012 Regulation 4).
The aim of the survey is to ensure that:
- No persons will be harmed by work on ACMs in the premises or equipment
- Any work that needs to be completed will be carried out by the correctly competent contractor for the type of ACM worked upon
Refurbishment surveys need to be planned carefully if the site intends to trade following the surveying. A client needs to be aware that any documented restrictions placed on the surveyors could delay the refurbishment project if asbestos is found immediately prior to the start of the project. Eurosafe UK will advise our clients of any risks throughout the surveying process which means that our clients can be responsive to the needs of their project.
A demolition survey is used to locate and describe all ACMs in the whole building. The 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. It may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure and may also include an investigation of the slab.
Localised Refurbishment survey (scheme specific)
A localised refurbishment survey involves intrusive surveying to localised areas where work is to take place within a property. Its purpose is to locate the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in those areas of the building which could be damaged or disturbed during any planned works, whatever the size of the proposed works.
If a scheme changes there would need to be consideration of any additional areas that may require surveying.
This is an attendance to confirm whether a suspected material is asbestos containing. It is specific to the identified material and involves no further surveying to the property.
A verification survey is an attendance by Eurosafe UK to assess the quality of any remedial works that have taken place within a property. Its purpose is to confirm whether these have been undertaken to satisfactory standards.
MRA (Annual Re-inspection)
A re-inspection survey is a periodic attendance to assess the condition of known asbestos containing materials and advise of any actions required.
If asbestos containing materials (ACMs) have been identified during a Management Survey of a premise then there are ongoing requirements under CAR 2012 Regulation 4 – ‘Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises’. It is the responsibility of “the dutyholder” to ensure that:
- the asbestos plan is reviewed and updates at regular intervals,
- each ACM is inspected on a regular basis, regardless of its condition and location
and without delay if there is reason to suspect that the plan is no longer valid, or there has been a significant change in the premises to which the plan relates;
We undertake Management Re-Inspection Audits and assess the current condition of all known ACMs in order to ensure that no deterioration has taken place. We will work closely with you to devise a re-inspection programme, undertake the re-inspection survey and assist you with keeping your asbestos management plan/register updated accordingly.
Remember as a Duty Holder there are three essential steps:
- Find out whether the premises contains asbestos, and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in. (If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos);
- Assess the risk; and
- Make a plan to manage that risk and act on it.
Eurosafe UK understand the importance of undertaking a planned re-inspection in due time. As a practice we are used to working to Service Level Agreements with managed KPIs for our clients. If we find damaged asbestos containing materials that present a health risk this is reported to our client from site. Our highly trained, politically sensitive surveyors will only leave site once an area is sealed off and the controller of the building is aware of the seriousness of the issue.