Asbestos Surveying

Strada Environmental Ltd has an excellent working relationship with many analytical companies who have the appropriate accreditations to carry out Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive Publication HSG264 Asbestos. We as a company are happy to employ these sub-contractors on your behalf and then ensure the correct survey is obtained.

An asbestos survey is an effective way to help you manage asbestos in your premises by providing accurate information about the location, amount and type of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). It is recommended that you arrange a survey if you suspect there are ACMs in your premises. Alternatively, you may choose to presume there is asbestos in your premises and would then need to take all appropriate precautions for any work that takes place. However, it is good practice to have an asbestos survey carried out so you can be absolutely sure whether asbestos is present or not.

Strada Environmental only employ analytical companies who’s Surveyors are BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) P402 & P405 qualified. They can demonstrate they have the necessary skills and expertise tied with experience and competence which ensures high quality and thorough work.

An asbestos survey will identify:

  • the location of any asbestos-containing materials in the building
  • the type of asbestos they contain
  • the condition these materials are in

The asbestos survey will help to provide enough information to compile a survey report with a built in asbestos register. The survey report will indicate the areas surveyed, any suspect materials found and sampled, sample analysis, condition and recommendations of any ACM’s and drawings.

Management Survey

An asbestos management surveys purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition. Asbestos management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance but can be taylored to suit the clients requirements. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc. An asbestos management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various asbestos containing materials and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing asbestos containing materials as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey

An asbestos refurbishment and demolition survey is required before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of asbestos survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all asbestos containing materials in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The asbestos survey can be taylored to suit the clients requirements as sometime the refurbishment works can be minor. Depending on the requirement 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. An asbestos 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. Prior to the survey being carried out, we aim to meet the client to discuss the planned works be it refubishment or demolition and gain as much information and drawings as possible.

Should you require more information or would like someone to discuss the different options with you, please don’t hesitate to contact the office at any time.