Under HSE Guidance document (HSG 264 – Asbestos: The Survey Guide) there are two types of survey: the ‘Management Survey’ and the ‘Refurbishment and Demolition Survey’ (formerly Type 1, 2 and Type 3 surveys). HBE has been accredited* by UKAS to undertake Asbestos Management, Refurbishment, Demolition and Re-Inspection surveys.
UKAS accredited Management Surveys
The management survey is the standard survey. 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.
The survey will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance for the asbestos testing and sampling procedure. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, and will include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release Asbestos fibres into the air, if they are disturbed.
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.
The Asbestos survey will usually involve sampling / testing and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. It can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos.
UKAS accredited Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys
A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work can be carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all Asbestos Containing Materials (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 will 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, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.
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*All UKAS reports are issued by the Group Administration and UKAS accredited Head Office in Newry.
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