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Asbestos Management Surveys

Our specialist team of Asbestos Consultants & Surveyors have a wide range of experience in all aspects of asbestos and provide a proactive service in full compliance of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012.

Current legislation requirements dictate that all property built prior to 2000 is assessed and that an accurate asbestos register and management plans are maintained.

Our Service

As part of our on-going commitment to ensuring our clients conform to the latest Health & Safety regulations, our Asbestos Management Service provides a live record of asbestos issues within a property.

Surveys

Properties are prioritised by age and type and, where appropriate, asbestos surveys are carried out and a maintenance plan formulated. This information is then available to clients, their approved agents and contractors via the internet on a room-by-room basis linked to floor plans.

On-going Support

Where asbestos has been found, we undertake an annual survey/inspection of the Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) and where the condition/status of the ACMs has deteriorated and requires removing, source contractors to carry out removal works and any additional work such as encapsulation.

Associated Services

We are also able to incorporate Fire Risk Assessments and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) surveys on the same database.

Benefits

  • Safe working environment.
  • Compliance with current legislation requirements.
  • On-going monitoring and assessment of Asbestos Containing Materials.

If you don’t already have an Asbestos Management Plan, you are in breach of the regulations.

RP&P Asbestos Services Limited has the experience and range of expertise to help with all of your asbestos management
requirements, including:

  • Compilation of an Asbestos Register
  • Periodic Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Removal

We can act quickly to ensure that your company is complying with the regulations and at the same time put your mind at rest
concerning the dangers of asbestos in the workplace.

Compiling an Asbestos Register

Asbestos registers are not optional. Without one, you could face legal action or an expensive claim from an employee or
sub-contractor working on your premises.

Insurance companies are now beginning to refuse cover to businesses without a workable asbestos management plan,
including an Asbestos Register.

Periodic Asbestos Inspections

In order that the management plan is compliant regular reviews / inspections must be conducted. RP&P Asbestos Services
Limited have necessary skills in order that this can be conducted with the minimum of disruption to our client’s day-to-day
operations.

We can alternatively provide personnel with appropriate Asbestos Awareness Training encompassing the condition assessment of identified asbestos-containing materials.

Management Surveys

A 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.

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, occupancy 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.  The ‘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 survey will involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs.  However a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos.  A management survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming.  Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (ie a material assessment).

By presuming the presence of asbestos, the need for sampling and analysis can be deferred until a later time (eg before any work is carried out).  However, this approach has implications for the management arrangements.  The duty holder bears potential additional costs of management for some non-ACMs.  Any work carried out on ‘presumed’ materials would need to involve appropriate contractors and work methods in compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR)2012 irrespective of whether the material was actually an ACM or not.  Alternatively, before any work starts, sampling and analysis can be undertaken to confirm or refute the presence of asbestos.  The results will determine the work methods and contractors to be used.  The ‘presumption’ approach has several disadvantages: it is less rigorous, it can lead to constant obstructions and delays before work can start, and it is more difficult to control, see A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises.  ‘Default’ presumptions may also lead to unnecessary removal of non-ACMs and their disposal as asbestos waste.  Default presumptions may be suitable in some instances, eg ‘small’ or simple premises, as part of a client’s management arrangements.

Surveyors should always endeavour to positively identify ACMs.  A sufficient number of samples should be taken to confirm the location and extent of ACMs.  It is legitimate to reduce sample numbers where materials can be strongly presumed to be ACMs.  However the default presumption option should be avoided where possible, as it can make managing asbestos more difficult for the duty holder.  Default presumption should only be used in circumstances where it is requested by the client and/or where access genuinely cannot be obtained.

When sampling is carried out as part of a management survey, samples from each type of suspect ACM should be collected and analysed.  If the material sampled is found to contain asbestos, other similar materials used in the same way in the building can be strongly presumed to contain asbestos. 

Less homogeneous materials (eg different surfaces/coating, evidence of repair etc) will require a greater number of samples.  The sample number should be sufficient to establish whether asbestos is present or not in the particular material.  Sampling may take place simultaneously with the survey, or as in the case of some larger surveys, can be carried out later as a separate exercise.

All areas should be accessed and inspected as far as is reasonably practicable.  Areas should include under floor coverings, above false ceilings, and inside risers, service ducts, lift shafts etc.  Surveying may also involve some minor intrusive work, such as accessing behind fascia and panels and other surfaces or superficial materials.  The extent of intrusion will depend on the degree of disturbance that is or will be necessary for foreseeable maintenance and related activities, including the installation of new equipment/cabling.  Surveyors should come prepared to access such areas (ie with the correct equipment etc).  Management surveys are only likely to involve the use of simple tools such as screwdrivers and chisels. Any areas not accessed must be presumed to contain asbestos.  The areas not accessed and presumed to contain asbestos must be clearly stated in the survey report and will have to be managed on this basis, ie maintenance or other disturbance work should not be carried out in these areas until further checks are made.

Management surveys should cover routine and simple maintenance work.  However, it has to be recognised that where ‘more extensive’ maintenance or repair work is involved, there may not be sufficient information in the management survey and a localised refurbishment survey will be needed.  A refurbishment survey will be required for all work which disturbs the fabric of the building in areas where the management survey has not been intrusive.  The decision on the need for a refurbishment survey should be made by the duty holder (probably with help from others).