Locating asbestos

The purpose of completing a Management Survey is to locate the presence and extent of any suspected Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), as far as is reasonably practicable. This is completed through a visual inspection as well as being combined with knowledge of building construction. The results of samples collected for analysis at a UKAS accredited laboratory will be included in the Asbestos Register Report.

An Asbestos Management Survey is the standard survey required on any non-domestic building or communal area of apartment buildings built before 2000. The survey is designed to locate the presence and extent of any suspected ACM in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy. (Increasingly, domestic properties are surveyed during the sales process to ensure buyers do not inherit asbestos materials and the costs associated with removal)

These surveys will often involve minor intrusive work but with minimal disturbance to the property. The extent of this intrusion will vary between premises. Upon completion of your Management Survey, you will be provided with a report detailing the location and properties of any asbestos found within the building.

Alpha Surveys provide Asbestos Management Surveys in Kent and London, allowing buildings to continue being used safely and securely, with no risk of asbestos harming occupants.

Asbestos management surveys Kent

It is important that when undertaking management surveys and providing you with your finalised Asbestos Register Reports, any and all asbestos policies are adhered to, where relevant to your area.

In addition to the established regulations set out in The Surveyors Guide, Kent council has developed a risk classification scheme, to provide a consistent approach to the management of all identified ACM. The information required to implement the scheme is collected by the surveyor while they are carrying out the management surveys.

In guidance to Kent Asbestos Policies, all contractors who propose to carry out any work involving materials that contain asbestos must be in possession of a licence issued under The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Asbestos management surveys London

Similar to Kent, when completing Management Surveys within London it is paramount we adhere to any and all asbestos policies, relevant to your borough within London.

In many cases, the presence of asbestos is unknown until it is exposed through wear, structural damage or during development work. While the use of all forms of asbestos are now banned in the UK, a great deal of asbestos is still present from previous installations.

The rules dictated by your borough which relate to the responsibilities for owners of non-domestic premises and communal areas will determine what policies we have to adhere to, although it is common that when completing an asbestos management survey for those types of property, we complete an asbestos Management Plan which includes but is not limited to the following, to be provided to the Designated Duty Holder:

  • The Asbestos Register compiled from the survey which includes type, location, condition, material risk and recommended action.
  • Asbestos Management Audit
  • Asbestos Management Action plan

 

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