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Asbestos Surveys

If you do not have an up to date, qualifying Asbestos Survey you are liable to prosecution, in relation to this, should any employee or other person fall ill due to the presence of Asbestos in your building and you have not properly assessed the risk, you will be liable for:

  • Huge claims in compensation
  • Personal fines of up to £20,000
  • Custodial sentences
  • Closure of the premises
  • Disqualification of directorship

Further to this Insurance companies may refuse to renew your policy unless the correct procedures and legislation are in place.

Assist FM Ltd carrys out Asbestos Management Surveys and Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys as described in HSE Guidance HSG264 (Asbestos: The Survey Guide) which superseded MDHS100 previously referring to these as Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 asbestos surveys.

Management Survey (Formerly an Asbestos Type 2 Survey)

The purpose of the Management Survey is to locate and identify all known Asbestos containing Materials and to record this information on a register. However representative samples are collected and analysed for the presence of asbestos, if a sampled material is found to contain asbestos fibres, other similar items will be strongly presumed to contain asbestos.

This type of survey is recommended, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 in order to properly manage Asbestos in your buildings.

Refurbishment & Demolition Survey (Formerly a Type 3 Asbestos Survey)

A Refurbishment & Demolition Survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to 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. 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. A 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.

The survey is designed to be used as a basis for tendering for the removal of asbestos containing areas from the building prior to demolition or major refurbishment. The survey does not assess the condition of the asbestos other than to note areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be expected to be present.

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