UKAS Accredited Asbestos SurveysWe offer a full range of asbestos related services to businesses throughout the UK
At Oracle Solutions, we offer a full range of asbestos related services covering the latest asbestos survey types and techniques – and including all premises, buildings and locations. We cover the whole of the UK, carrying out asbestos surveys in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Milton Keynes, as well as from Manchester to Essex. You can rest assured that our services cater for all survey requirements and eventualities.
As a leading quality-approved asbestos consultancy, all our asbestos surveyors and consultants are trained to the highest standards and hold (as a minimum) BOHS P402 Asbestos Survey/Asbestos Surveying Certification with at least two years’ asbestos surveying experience. All our asbestos surveys, results analysis and reporting is carried out to the highest standards, and in full accordance with HSG264 Asbestos: The asbestos surveys guide and HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures.
Oracle Solutions delivers a complete, professional UKAS accredited asbestos management survey solution to commercial clients and businesses throughout the UK. No matter where you are located, we have the experience and capability to help you to address all your asbestos issues.
What is an asbestos survey?
In layman’s terms, asbestos surveys involve the inspection of a property or building with the aim of locating and identifying asbestos containing materials. Any type of asbestos survey should detail the exact location of the asbestos containing materials – its extent (or amount), and whether it is in a good condition or one that could be deemed hazardous. In addition, asbestos surveys should identify the type of material that contain asbestos, and the actual type of asbestos used.
Once this information has been gathered (location, extent, condition, material and asbestos type), the survey should make a risk assessment of any asbestos that has been identified and whether it is in a good condition or one that could be of risk of releasing asbestos fibres into the surrounding area. Asbestos surveys are undertaken for several reasons which are discussed in the ‘asbestos survey type’ section.
Whatever the reason for the asbestos survey, the risk assessment should highlight the dangers, and should be relevant to your needs. Having identified the risks, the survey should give you recommendations on how to proceed. These recommendations should be tailored to your needs, and in line with why you had the survey conducted in the first place.
What types of asbestos surveys are there?
Oracle Solutions provide three different types of UKAS accredited asbestos survey. These include; Asbestos Management Survey, Asbestos Refurbishment Survey and Asbestos Demolition Survey.
An asbestos management survey will provide you with everything you need to safely monitor and manage asbestos-containing materials. This includes the preparing an asbestos register and formulating of an effective asbestos management plan. As long as the asbestos containing-materials remain in good condition then they won’t pose a threat to safety under normal conditions. As long as the asbestos is not damaged or disturbed, there is no cause to be overly concerned. The asbestos management plan will outline everything you need to know and what you need to do.
A refurbishment and demolition survey will be needed when materials are likely to be disturbed that may contain asbestos such as during the construction work associated with a buildings refurbishment or demolition. The refurbishment and demolition surveys are fully intrusive, and the building or areas being surveyed will usually need to be evacuated during the survey process in order that extensive samples can be taken for asbestos testing.
Why would I need an asbestos survey?
There are several reasons why you might need an asbestos management survey and subsequent asbestos management plan, but the main reason is to protect people from the harmful effects of this hazardous material.
People can be at risk of asbestos exposure for a variety of different reasons. You may think that the only people likely to be at risk of asbestos exposure are workers, contractors working within the building or in the construction industry, but this is not true. If asbestos isn’t managed correctly, everyone is potentially at risk. This includes visitors, and anyone entering buildings or any other places where asbestos isn’t managed correctly. This is why there are laws in place to ensure that asbestos management surveys are carried out properly by anyone responsible for premises or processes, commonly known as the ‘Duty Holder’ – this responsibility includes any construction work, maintenance, refurbishment or demolition work that may need carrying out.
So, if you manage a building or property – or you’re involved in construction work, refurbishment or demolition in any shape or form – you, as the duty holder, have a legal obligation to manage the potential risks from asbestos materials. To manage these risks, you need to know where the asbestos containing materials are and what the risks are. The only way to understand this is to have a UKAS accredited asbestos survey carried out.
Are asbestos surveys required by law?
If you’re managing a property – or you’re involved in a process where asbestos could pose a risk to the public – and you don’t have the required information to reduce or eliminate that risk, the answer is simply ‘yes’. The current asbestos regulations are ‘The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012’ (CAR). Although survey work and requirements are not restricted to any single regulation, there is a principal section about asbestos surveys. This is Regulation 4: The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises. Details of this regulation can be found in L143 Managing and working with asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. In brief, Regulation 4 says that anyone in control of premises or property has a legal duty to manage any risk from asbestos. To do this they must identify the risks. The only sure way of identifying these risks is by having a survey.
Is there a legal standard for an asbestos survey?
Yes. There is a Health & Safety Executive guidance document about this. It details the required quality for carrying out a survey. The survey guide also details the exact information that an asbestos report should contain. This HSE guidance document is Asbestos: The survey guide HSG264.
What happens during an asbestos survey?
There are four main steps to take during an asbestos survey:
The surveyor will gather as much information from you as possible to make sure the type of survey you have carried out will give you what you need. This includes details about why you need the survey, details of the property (including who will be there) and any access problems which may be encountered, such as locked doors.
The asbestos surveyor will visit the site to undertake the asbestos inspection. The nature of the inspection will depend largely on the type of survey being carried out. However, in general, asbestos surveyors will check every area of the property. This is carried out methodically, one area at a time, inspecting the floors, walls and ceilings.
If the surveyor locates anything which they believe to be asbestos, they will take a small sample which can be sent to a laboratory for asbestos testing and analysis. When taking samples, an asbestos surveyor will try to take them from inconspicuous areas. Samples are usually about the size of a 50p coin. They are then sealed in a small bag ready to go to the laboratory. During the inspection, the surveyor will take relevant notes and photographs – and if not already provided, they will draw a floor plan which can be marked with any sample or asbestos locations.
The final step is to produce the asbestos report for you. Reports are usually electronic, and include photographs, plans and sample results. See ‘What will my asbestos survey report contain?’ for more details. Once the asbestos report has been quality checked, it will be sent to you.
As a full service provider in the field of asbestos, should any asbestos-related hazardous materials be found, Oracle Solutions, as a leading asbestos removal company, have the knowledge and expertise to safely removal the materials from the building.
What will my survey report look like?
For more information about the asbestos report and what the report will contain, see our survey report section or, alternatively, contact Oracle Solutions today.