Ensuring Safe Learning Environments: Core Surveys' Expertise for Schools
At Core Surveys, we understand that the safety and well-being of students and staff are of paramount importance to schools. Our comprehensive range of environmental survey and testing services, specifically tailored for educational institutions, ensures that your school can focus on providing high-quality education in a secure and healthy environment.
A report by the UK’s Asbestos in Schools Group suggested that over 80% of schools in England have asbestos in their buildings.
Building and Environment Surveys
Our team of accredited surveyors conducts thorough building and environment surveys to identify and assess potential hazards such as asbestos, Mold, radon, and more. We believe that potential threats to health should never be left unaddressed. We provide detailed reports that clarify the risks and propose practical, cost-effective solutions to keep your school environment safe.
We offer a range of sampling services, including water testing and asbestos sampling, which are particularly relevant for schools. Ensuring the absence of harmful substances in your school’s water supply and infrastructure is integral to maintaining a safe environment.
Air Quality Monitoring
Indoor air quality directly influences the health, comfort, and performance of students and staff. At Core Surveys, we undertake meticulous air quality monitoring to identify any pollutants or allergens that could negatively impact your school’s indoor air quality. From there, we can recommend appropriate interventions to enhance the air quality, fostering a healthier learning environment.
Core Surveys believes in empowering schools to manage their own environmental health risks. We offer bespoke training services to equip school staff with the knowledge and skills needed to handle potential environmental hazards. Our training covers a range of topics, including asbestos awareness and management, mold identification, and general environmental health.
A UKAS Accredited Asbestos Company
Core is UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC17020 for undertaking all types of asbestos surveys and ISO/IEC17025 for the analysis of samples and asbestos testing (excluding water absorption & soil analysis). We specialise in the three recognised types of asbestos surveys, as set out in HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, within a wide variety of building types including commercial and domestic. The type of survey you require will differ, depending on the reason for the survey and will vary during the lifespan of your premises, meaning several may be needed over time. If you are purely looking to comply with legislation then you will require an Asbestos Management Survey but a more intrusive survey will be required if you are undertaking refurbishment or demolition, often referred to as an asbestos refurbishment or demolition survey.
All of our asbestos consultants and surveyors hold the P402 proficiency certificate as a minimum standard with most also holding one or more of the following certifications: P401, P405, P406, S301 or CoCA. Our surveyors also hold CSCS cards, are DBS checked and are fully trained in general health & safety, working at heights, lone working and confined spaces etc.
Asbestos in Schools - Frequently Asked Questions
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were widely used in construction and various industries due to their heat resistance, strength, and insulating properties. However, asbestos fibres can be harmful when inhaled, leading to serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Why should schools be concerned about asbestos?
Many school buildings were built during a time when asbestos was commonly used in construction materials. If these materials degrade or are disturbed, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and pose a risk to students and staff.
How can Core Surveys help schools manage asbestos?
Core Surveys can conduct comprehensive asbestos surveys to identify and assess any potential asbestos-containing materials in your school. We also provide guidance on managing asbestos risks, conduct air monitoring, and offer training to your staff on handling asbestos safely.
What does an asbestos survey involve?
Our professional surveyors will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, collect samples of suspected asbestos-containing materials, and have these samples tested at an accredited laboratory. We will provide a detailed report outlining any asbestos found and recommendations for managing it.
How long does an asbestos survey take?
The length of an asbestos survey can vary depending on the size and complexity of the property. We aim to minimize disruption to your school and can conduct surveys during off-peak hours or school holidays.
Is asbestos always a risk?
Not always. If asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and not likely to be disturbed, they often do not pose a significant risk. It’s sometimes safer to leave these materials in place and manage them rather than removing them. We can help you make this determination.
What happens if asbestos is found in our school?
If asbestos is found, it doesn’t automatically mean it needs to be removed. It might be more appropriate to manage it in place. Core Surveys will provide guidance based on the condition of the asbestos, its location, and how it’s used in your school. If necessary, we can guide you through the process of safe asbestos removal and disposal.
What training do you provide for school staff?
Core Surveys provides bespoke training for school staff on asbestos awareness and management. This training includes understanding the risks of asbestos, how to identify potential asbestos-containing materials, and what to do if they come across these materials.
Can Core Surveys help us develop an asbestos management plan?
Yes, we can assist you in developing a comprehensive asbestos management plan. This plan outlines your procedures for managing asbestos in your school, including regular inspections, air monitoring, and steps to take if asbestos-containing materials are disturbed.
Who can we contact for more information or to schedule a survey?
Please contact us for more information or to schedule an asbestos survey. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in creating a safer and healthier environment for your school community.
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“The HSE strongly recommends the use of accredited or certificated surveyors for asbestos surveys. The duty holder should not appoint or instruct an independent surveyor to carry out a survey unless the surveyor is competent.”
HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide