Amiante STR Ltd are fully insured to undertake Asbestos Surveys of any type; and undertake work in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
We carry out Management Surveys and Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Surveys, under the direction of the Health & Safety Executive's HSG264 guidelines for surveying, sampling and assessing asbestos containing materials.
The Survey will provide information on any asbestos identified, its condition and how it should be managed, e.g. labelled, encapsulated or removed - all of which Amiante STR Ltd can assist you with.
The Survey then forms part of your Asbestos Register in compliance with the Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012). The Register must be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the safe management of any asbestos identified during the Survey; Amiante STR Ltd's Asbestos Management Plan can assist with this compliance aspect.
Until January 2010 there were three types of Asbestos Surveys. They were known as type 1, type 2 and type 3 Asbestos Surveys.
Now, under the HSG264 guidelines, which replaced Method for the Determination of Hazardous Substances (MDHS) 100, there are two types of Asbestos Surveys - "Management Surveys" and "Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys."
The Asbestos Management Survey (formerly Type 1 and Type 2) is the standard survey to help you comply with the law. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
Asbestos 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, ie it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.
A management survey should 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 which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed. Management surveys can involve a combination of sampling to confirm asbestos is present or presuming asbestos to be present.
The Refurbishment and Demolition Survey (formerly Type 3) is more intrusive and uses destructive methods in order to access areas which would normally be classed as inaccessible within a management survey.
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. 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 destructive 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, eg when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys are intended to locate all the asbestos in the building, as far as reasonably practicable. It is a disruptive and fully intrusive survey which may need to penetrate all parts of the building structure. Aggressive inspection techniques will be needed to lift carpets and tiles, break through walls, ceilings, cladding and partitions, and open up floors. In these situations, controls should be put in place to prevent the spread of debris, which may include asbestos.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys should only be conducted in unoccupied areas to minimise risks to the public or employees on the premises.
Amiante STR Ltd can provide a full range of Asbestos Surveys depending on your requirements. Surveys are carried out in accordance with the new legislation. Contact us today at our Hampshire office 023 9223 0700 or our London office 020 8531 4969 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.