Asbestos Management Surveys

Standard Sampling, Identification and Assessment

At Resolve Asbestos Management, we can offer you asbestos management surveys throughout the UK, including Blackpool, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Chester.

Asbestos management Surveys give all the required information you need regarding the presence of ACMs (asbestos containing materials) in your premises.  Our surveys will give you all the information required to make an informed decision whether any ACM’s need to be simply contained or removed.

The asbestos risk register key element as well as the legal requirement and duty to manage asbestos is under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Reg 4). This applies to the occupiers & owners of commercial premises (for example offices, shops, industrial units) who have responsibility for repair and maintenance activities in the premises.  As part of these responsibilities, the property occupier/owner has a duty to assess the presence & condition of any ACMs (asbestos containing materials). If there is asbestos is present, or is believed to be present, then it must be managed in accordance with regulations and dealt with appropriately. The duty also applies to shared parts of some domestic properties.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?

Asbestos, a category 1 human carcinogen, and has has been determined to be the root cause of several thousand deaths each year. If routinely exposed to fibres from ACMs, asbestos containing materials over time, younger people are at a greater risk of developing asbestos related disease than older people.

Another issue is asbestos latency which is the long time it takes after exposure for the person to develop symptoms. Asbestos was a widely in use in building materials within commercial buildings, machinery, residential developments and houses and until 1999, when it determined the risk was so great to health it was banned. Unfortunately this means that asbestos is rather common in our general environment.

Asbestos Sampling

The underlying purpose and inspection methodology of the management survey is to locate the presence, extent and condition by way of sampling and inspection of suspect asbestos containing materials as they are encountered. Where possible, representative samples of materials suspected by the surveyor to contain asbestos are taken and analysed for the presence and type of asbestos fibre present. This survey is intended for integration into a plan for the management of asbestos containing materials under Regulation 4 of CAR (2012).

Asbestos Management Plan

The information in the management survey report should be used to form the asbestos register which is a key component of the management plan. The survey report itself will generally not be the asbestos register. The asbestos register will be a simpler document and will not contain most of the information in the survey report, eg the bulk analysis results or survey site information. However, the results in the survey report are presented in a manner or format that can be directly lifted or employed to form the asbestos register.

Asbestos Register

The asbestos register is a living document which must always contain current information on the presence and condition of asbestos. The register will need regular updating (at least once a year). To do this you should make:

  • Regular inspections to check the current condition of asbestos materials
  • Deletions to the register when any asbestos is removed
  • Additions to the register when new areas are surveyed and asbestos is located
  • Changes to the register at any time asbestos-containing materials are found to have deteriorated

What Is The Asbestos Register Used For?

The asbestos register can be a paper documentation or electronic database. It must be accessible and up to date, irrespective of the form. The asbestos register must be available to those who plan or initiate maintenance and related work, so it can be consulted before the work is authorised. The asbestos register should be consulted for all work which may disturb the fabric of the building or involve the building services. It includes simple and short duration work such as single hole-drilling or attaching items to walls. The duty-holder should ensure that the contractor acknowledges the presence of ACMs and will implement controls. The register should also be available to contractors and employees on request.

Management Or Refurbishment Survey?

The asbestos management survey offers information allowing routine and simple maintenance works to be carried out safely and this reflects the surveyor’s level of intrusion at the time of the inspection. More extensive maintenance or repair and refurbishment work may require additional investigations to be undertaken including a refurbishment/demolition survey; the findings of the survey should be checked with this in mind to confirm whether or not they are of adequate scope.