Here at DMD Environmental, we can provide two types of asbestos surveys. All of our surveys are detailed and identify, as far as is reasonably practicable, where the asbestos is present, the type of asbestos, and a solution to remove it.

A management survey is known in the industry ‘standard survey’. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence, extent, and condition of any suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy. This can include foreseeable maintenance and installation but excludes more extensive works. These surveys often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance to obtain samples, which are then analysed to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. Depending on criteria such as the type of building, the nature of construction, and accessibility etc., the extent of intrusion will vary between premises, and on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties.

Our management surveys include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed. This ‘material assessment’ gives a practical guide to the priority for managing any ACMs identified, as it will identify the materials that, if disturbed will most readily release fibres. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs.

A refurbishment and demolition survey must be performed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out to a premises. These surveys 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. All areas will be accessed as the survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection as necessary.

The removal of ACMs may also be required in smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings, such as the removal of partitions, walls or ceilings. In these situations, the Construction Design and Management Regulations requires that information such as the type and location of asbestos is made common knowledge in the tendering process, so that contractors bidding for the work can plan for its removal. Here, the survey report is essential, as it gives bidding contractors the correct information before the work commences.