SURVEYS

Surveys

In line with current legislation and approved codes of practice, Lilquest Asbestos Management can provide surveys in order to help a business or organisation become legal and safe. We have preferred and recommended partners who hold UKAS accreditation which we organise to carry out asbestos surveys. We are able to assist you with the management or removal of asbestos and provide a free advice, recommendations and competitive quotation.

There are two types of survey which can be undertaken the result of which is the issuing of a comprehensive report which details suspected or identified Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). The report also contains recommendations on how those materials should be managed and is the ideal starting point by which an organisation can meet legal requirements.

Management survey

A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

A Management Survey aims to ensure that:

1. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment;

2. that the ACM remain in good condition; and

3. that nobody disturbs it accidentally

The Survey must locate ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It may involve minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air. It guides the client, eg in prioritising any remedial work.

Refurbishment / demolition survey

A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe,as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, eg when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.

The Survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance. The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified 'fit for reoccupation' after the survey.