Supporting you with Asbestos Surveys
Asbestos survey work is often carried out to comply with your legal duty to manage asbestos in your building – Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012. R & D Asbestos Surveys will also be required if any refurbishment or demolition work is to be carried out to buildings.
West Coast Surveys
West Coast Thermal began asbestos survey work in 2000, but following growth in this sector, the directors set up a sister company to handle all asbestos surveys. West Coast Surveys Ltd now provides this professional asbestos consultancy service for local councils, housing associations, hospitals and major building clients.
Pre Refurbishment Survey
This survey is fully intrusive and can be targeted to areas which may be affected by proposed refurbishment works.
This type of survey will be required by your CDM coordinator under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.
This type of survey is more intrusive than a management survey and should be undertaken alongside a project-specific plan of work to ensure that the survey covers all areas planned for refurbishment.
This survey will identify asbestos-containing materials which will require removal or treatment prior to the planned works. In order for these materials to be removed safely and to the correct extent.
Pre Demolition Survey
Pre-demolition asbestos surveys were previously known as a type 3 asbestos survey under the old MDHS100 Guidance. Pre-demolition surveys are fully intrusive and are designed to identify all asbestos-containing materials using fully destructive techniques to access all elements of the building’s construction.
This type of asbestos survey should be undertaken for all demolition projects to ensure that any asbestos-containing materials identified within the survey can be removed by an asbestos removal contractor prior to demolition of the building.
This type of asbestos survey is fully intrusive and should not be undertaken in a property that is occupied or due to be reoccupied after the survey has been completed.
This is the least intrusive survey and records asbestos-containing material (ACM) and assesses the vulnerability of the material. From the Asbestos Survey, we formulate an Asbestos Register for the buildings. This aims to ensure:
- Nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of Asbestos-containing material (ACM) in the premises or equipment;
- that the ACM remain in good condition; and
- that nobody disturbs it accidentally
The Survey locates ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities by foreseeable maintenance or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to produce a ‘Materials Assessment’. This will show how much the ACM if disturbed, will release fibres into the air and will guide the client on prioritising any remedial/removal work.
Re-inspection Asbestos Survey
Re-inspection asbestos surveys are designed to allow a competent person to monitor and record the condition of any previously identified asbestos products within a building.
Like any building material, asbestos-containing materials are also subject to potential damage and degradation. As an asbestos product degrades it can be more likely to become a hazard to health, therefore should be inspected at regular intervals to ensure its condition has not deteriorated.
For this type of survey to be undertaken an existing asbestos survey or asbestos register should be in place.
We will use the existing information to locate previously identified asbestos products and reassess its condition.
Professional Asbestos Surveyors
Asbestos Surveys must be carried out in accordance with the guidelines set out in HSG 264 which details Surveying, Sampling and Assessment of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in the Health and Safety Executive’s “Methods for the Determination of Hazardous Substances.
West Coast Surveys Asbestos Surveyors hold a P402 Certificate in Building Surveys & Bulk Sampling issued by the British Institute of Occupational Hygienists (BIOH).
To ensure complete objectivity, all suspected asbestos samples are sent to an independent UKAS accredited Laboratory for analysis.