Asbestos Surveys

Professional, UKAS-Accredited Asbestos Surveys

“As the asbestos specialist, Core Surveys provides asbestos surveys in London, Surrey, Brighton & Kent as well as Bristol and South Wales, including Cardiff and Swansea. With offices in Sussex and Wales, we’re perfectly placed to cover both the South East & South West, offering a full range of both residential and commercial asbestos surveys. We also provide asbestos testing (except for soil analysis and water absorption).”

Under current legislation, there is a duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises and the communal areas of domestic dwellings. In order to manage asbestos, an asbestos survey will often be required.

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 Survey in London being carring out next to River Thames
Asbestos Demolition Survey Being Carried Out in London by Core Surveys

Refurbishment or Demolition Surveys

A refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey, otherwise known as an R&D survey, is required as laid out in HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, before any renovation, refurbishment, building or demolition work is undertaken in buildings built before 2000.

Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys are carried out to determine the location, extent and type of any asbestos materials which may be present in the area where refurbishment or demolition work is planned and before it commences.

Asbestos Management Surveys

An asbestos management survey is required for commercial premises (and the common parts of residential premises) built prior to 2000. Furthermore, where an asbestos survey has previously been undertaken and asbestos identified or presumed, a re-inspection asbestos survey should be undertaken at set intervals to ensure that the asbestos may continue to remain in situ and that it remains appropriately managed during the normal occupation and use of the building.

In most circumstances, an asbestos management survey should cover routine maintenance work. If there is insufficient information in the management survey due to more extensive work being involved, you will be required to have a refurbishment survey of the area undergoing work.

As laid out in HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, an asbestos management survey is carried out to determine and assess the location, extent and condition of any ACMs or suspected ACMs in a building, in order that they can be effectively managed for the purposes of routine maintenance and normal occupation.

An asbestos management survey is the standard type of asbestos survey required for the normal occupation of a building.

Asbestos Management Survey Being Carried Out In London

Asbestos Management

Core Surveys are specialists in asbestos management. At Core Surveys, our team of asbestos consultants will apply their professional experience and expertise to assist with any ongoing monitoring and control of asbestos within your commercial or residential buildings. This will include asbestos re-inspections at the required intervals and coordinating any required remedial work, including removal and disposal of asbestos.

What Is Asbestos & Why Is It Dangerous?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that was commonly used in the building and construction industry until as recently as the late 1990’s, before it was banned in the UK in 1999 due to the risks of asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fibres.

Asbestos is a  fibrous silicate mineral, and a name first used in the 1600’s derived from the Ancient Greek meaning for ‘unquenchable’ or ‘inextinguishable’. It has been mined in many parts of the world, including the town of Asbestos in Canada, so called because the town was built around the mining of asbestos (which as we recently reported, has now changed its name to shake off some of the stigma it had developed). Once mined, asbestos was processed and used in over 3,000 different products, many of which are construction related due to its inherent properties.

When disturbed or damaged the asbestos fibres can break down into smaller and smaller fibres, giving them the ability to be inhaled and cause irreversible damage to the lungs. The onset of symptoms can take anywhere between 10 and 40 years after exposure.

Many houses built before the millennium, especially those built in the 60’s and 70’s will contain some form of asbestos, whether it is a garage roof, floor tiles or boiler flue. An asbestos survey determines whether any ACMs are present and whether they can be left in situ (if in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed), encapsulated to prevent the release of fibres or whether removal is required.

Talk to our team today to take the next steps if you suspect there are any asbestos-containing materials present in your property and we’ll be happy to help.

“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

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Whether you require asbestos surveys, analysis, management, training or simply asbestos advice, our team of specialists is on hand to help in any way we can.