Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys
A more invasive survey will be required in properties that are due for major refurbishment or that are to be demolished. Within this broad category surveys are broken down into either asbestos Refurbishment or asbestos Demolition surveys and this will be noted on the report. Reports for buildings that are due for demolition must be labelled as Demolition Surveys
A refurbishment survey can be carried not only on whole buildings but also specific areas within a building, for example kitchens, where targeted works are to be carried out. In these circumstances we can provide a survey just for the specified area or a Management Survey for the whole building and more intrusive sampling in the area in question. This will need to be agreed beforehand and noted in the scope of the survey.
In order to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres it is vital that any suspicious materials are inspected and samples analysed prior to any works that will disturb those materials. As the materials will normally be removed following a survey the report is not required to note their condition. An exception to this is if works are not being carried out within two months of the survey, in which case you will still have a duty to manage them. Our reports will note the condition of materials as a matter of course so that you have this information if you need it.
Companies that fail to protect their employees can be subject to massive fines and even custodial sentences, in extreme cases.
In order to inspect as many materials as practicable it will be necessary to access even difficult to reach areas and conduct destructive inspection, where necessary. Our surveyors will attempt to limit disturbance as much as possible but holes will be made, panels removed, carpets and tiles lifted etc. We will need to break into cavities in walls and voids above ceilings and below floorboards. Areas to be surveyed must be unoccupied, ideally with the building being out of service and with furnishings removed.
Any suspected ‘Asbestos Containing Materials’ (ACMs) will be sampled according to HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts' guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures and analysed at a UKAS accredited laboratory using polarised light microscopy.
The Health & Safety Executive produces an approved code of conduct, HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide, which gives information and guidance not only for surveyors but also for those with a Duty to Manage under Regulation 4 of CAR 2012. Specific guidance for clients/duty holders is shown within green boxes and blue boxes are used for surveyors' guidance.