UKAS Accredited Asbestos SurveysWe offer a full range of asbestos surveying services to businesses throughout the UK
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/Surveying Certification with at least two years’ survey experience.
All our surveys, results analysis and reporting is carried out to the highest standards, and in full accordance with HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide and HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures.
Oracle Solutions delivers a complete, professional asbestos survey solution to commercial customers throughout the UK. No matter where you are located, we have the experience and capability to help you to address all your asbestos issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of property or premises may contain asbestos?
What is an asbestos survey?
Why would I need an asbestos survey?
So if you manage a building or property – or you’re involved in maintenance, refurbishment or construction in any shape or form – you have a legal duty to manage the potential risks from asbestos. To manage these risks, you need to know where the asbestos is and what the risks are. The only way to understand this is to have an asbestos survey.
What types of asbestos surveys are there?
Is having an asbestos survey required by law?
Is there a legal standard for an asbestos survey?
How can I be sure that I will get a quality asbestos survey?
Firstly, you may not be getting the information you need to comply with the law, and people may be put at risk. Secondly, you will be paying for something that may not be what you actually need. This would be wasted money, and you will probably end up having to pay for another survey. There are two ways to make sure you’re getting a quality asbestos survey in line with HSE guidance. The first way is to undertake your own due diligence on the company. For this, you will need to read and understand the regulations and guidance, and make sure you ask all the right questions. You will then need to gather evidence about the company’s experience, training, quality processes, etc. The list goes on.
The second way is much easier, and covers your legal duty of care – use a UKAS-accredited surveying company. You need to make sure that their UKAS accreditation is specifically for surveying. This is easily done by asking for their UKAS number or certificate, which will show what’s covered.
The UKAS accreditation for asbestos surveying is ‘17020’ and this should be detailed on the company’s certificate. UKAS regularly check and do due diligence on surveying companies in line with the legal requirements of any surveying regulations and guidance. They only award the accreditation to companies that meet the required standard. This means that UKAS do the hard work for you. So remember, if you want to get a survey, you must check the company’s UKAS accreditation.
What happens during an asbestos survey?
Step 1: The surveyor will gather as much information from you as possible to make sure the survey will give you what you need. This includes information 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.
Step 2: The surveyor will visit the site to undertake the inspection. The nature of the inspection will depend largely on the type of survey being carried out. However, in general, surveyors will check every area of the property. This is carried out methodically, one area at a time, inspecting the floors, walls and ceilings.
Step3: 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 analysis. When taking samples, surveyors 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.
Step 4: The final step is to produce the 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 report has been quality checked, it will be sent to you.
How do I know what type of asbestos survey I need?
1: Asbestos management survey This type of survey pretty much does what it says. It’s designed to help you manage your asbestos. The survey will locate and identify asbestos materials which may pose a risk from everyday usage and occupation of the property. This includes everyday maintenance – such as changing light bulbs or cleaning. This survey is designed not to cause any major damage to the property. All areas which can be checked and surveyed without causing damage will be inspected.
The survey report will contain risk assessments for any identified asbestos, and recommendations of any actions you need to take. This asbestos survey is the first step in managing your asbestos, and should form part of your asbestos management plan.
In most cases, asbestos located during this type of survey does not need to be removed. As long as it is in a good and safe condition, it can remain in place and be managed. If you are undertaking refurbishment work, or demolishing / part demolishing a building, you will need to consider an asbestos refurbishment survey or an asbestos demolition survey. Find out more
2: Asbestos refurbishment survey As the title suggests, this type of asbestos survey must be undertaken before you undertake any refurbishment work – or heavy maintenance work – which may disturb the fabric of the building or property. This survey will include intrusive surveying techniques, which are designed to locate any asbestos materials which may be disturbed during the planned refurbishment.
How intrusive the survey is will depend on your refurbishment plans, and it will be tailored to suit these. With this type of survey it is usual that any identified asbestos is removed prior to the refurbishment. If part of your work is going to include partial or full demolition of a building, you will need to have an asbestos demolition survey. Find out more
3: Asbestos demolition survey As before, the name of this survey details when it is required. If you are undertaking part demolition or full demolition of a building or property, this is the survey you will need. This survey has the most intrusive inspection techniques, because it is designed to find asbestos which may be hidden in the construction of a building. As such, the surveyor will need to access and inspect all areas which will be uncovered during the demolition. As with a refurbishment survey, any asbestos located during a demolition survey will generally need to be removed prior to the demolition work. Find out more