Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, there is a legal duty to manage the risk from asbestos in all non-domestic premises and communal areas of domestic premises. In order to comply with this legal requirement, you require Asbestos Surveys by a ‘competent’ person. Michael J Redmond BSc (Hons) MRICS can undertake Asbestos Surveys, take samples of suspect materials; producing a comprehensive report assessing the risks and advising on the management of the risk.
The type of survey undertaken depends on the purpose for which the register is intended to be used; this will have been discussed at an initial planning meeting.
The Health and Safety Executives Guidance Note HSG 264 defines two separate types of survey.
The purpose of this survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACM’s (Asbestos Containing Materials) in the building and assess their condition. Samples from each type of suspected ACM found are collected and analysed to confirm or refute the surveyor’s judgement. If the material sampled is confirmed to contain asbestos, other similar homogeneous objects in the building can strongly be presumed to contain asbestos. Less homogeneous materials will require a greater number of samples. The number of samples taken should be sufficient for us to make a decision as to whether asbestos is, or is not, present. This survey will not require inspection by destructive means. Due to the nature of occupation of some buildings, e.g. schools or hospitals, some surveys will be non-intrusive and all areas where access was not gained are clearly defined.
Refurbishment and Demolition Survey
This 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 ACM’s in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. A full sampling programme is undertaken to identify possible ACM’s and estimate their volume and surface area. The survey is designed to be used as a basis for tendering the removal of ACM’s from the building prior to demolition or major refurbishment so the survey does not therefore assess the condition of any asbestos found; other than note areas of damage or where additional debris may be expected to be found.