Asbestos surveys and registers are a key stage when you are managing asbestos, identifying the location, type, condition and extent of the asbestos-containing materials is very important. This can be achieved by conducting an asbestos survey, the survey should be in accordance with HSE guidance note HSG264 which describes two types of surveys. The first survey being the management survey and this is a standard asbestos survey, 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 maintenance and installation, and to access the condition of the ACMs. The other survey is the refurbishment and demolition survey and this is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out on site. The survey is used to locate and describe all of the asbestos-containing materials in the area of where the refurbishment work will be taking place or the survey will be 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. This type of survey may also be used in certain circumstances, for example, if you are having more intrusive maintenance and repair work is being done or for plant removal and dismantling.
If you are an employer or you are self-employed and have some or all of the responsibility for conducting repairs upon your premises you may well be the “duty holder” in which case any legal responsibility for ensuring your asbestos survey has been conducted will rest on you. At ACL we comply with and work in accordance with HSG264 and all our surveyors hold BOHS P402 certification. If you have any questions or you would like to enquire about one of our services please get in contact with us!