Eton Environmental Group is fully accredited by UKAS to ISO17020 to conduct management, refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys.
Regulation 4 is a duty to manage and requires that a suitable and sufficient assessment is made of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in non-domestic premises. An asbestos survey conducted by qualified, competent persons is often the most suitable and effective method of locating and identifying ACMs in a building. It is also a major step towards having an effective and legally compliant management plan. In an initial consultation with us we can recommend a suitable strategy and, if required, the type of survey you may require.
A management survey is the standard survey for the day-to-day management of an occupied site. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspected 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. This survey will usually involve sampling and analysis at Eton’s specialist laboratory and any results, together with appropriate recommendations, will then be included in the survey report. Read about the asbestos management surveys we carried out at over 300 schools in Cumbria.
A refurbishment asbestos survey is required prior to any major refurbishment works carried out on any commercial premises built prior to 2000. If only part of a building is being refurbished, then only that part of the building needs to be surveyed for the purpose of the project, as long as an asbestos register already exists for other parts of the building. The aim of the refurbishment survey is to safeguard contractors carrying out the work as they need to know where asbestos might be present. This type of survey can be destructive/invasive, although due to the skill of the Eton surveying team, damage to the fabric of the building can be kept to an absolute minimum. Read about the refurbishment surveys we have carried out on behalf of Cofely.
A demolition survey is required when a building, or part of it, is to be demolished. It is preferable to conduct this survey when the building is empty and unoccupied. This is because the survey can be intrusive and involve some damages to surfaces. It is also necessary to take samples of all materials suspected of containing asbestos. At Eton we work with the demolition contractor to determine the extent of the demolition programme and agree a bespoke work programme specific to the building in question.
On some larger sites a mixture of the above survey types can be used if different parts of the site have varying requirements.
To discuss your specific survey needs, please contact us on 01325 366886.
You may also find this document, Who Should You Commission To Carry Out Your Asbestos Surveys useful. Produced by UKAS, it suggests you should only select UKAS accredited organisations, such as Eton, to carry out the work.