This survey is required prior to any major refurbishment or demolition works, for all buildings built prior to 1999. In reality, all refurbishment or demolition works of pre-1999 buildings, whether homes or commercial premises require this survey. Even a home in which a contractor is working becomes a place of work, therefore, legally, an asbestos survey is required.
This is specified in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Regulation 7).
Environmental Inspection can tailor the asbestos refurbishment / demolition survey to your actual project specification, with detailed discussions and plans prior to any site works. The asbestos refurbishment / demolition survey may include intrusive investigations to identify suspect asbestos materials that may be covered / hidden and would not normally be uncovered during a standard non-intrusive asbestos management survey. A wall cavity for instance, will not have been investigated during a non-intrusive management survey, and only the surface material would have been checked. But now that alterations are being made to the wall, an intrusive asbestos refurbishment / demolitions survey has become essential, before conducting work such as drilling, or demolition, to confirm that there is nothing hidden in the void.
If you have a previous Management Survey, or up-to-date asbestos re-inspection documents, then this is useful. (It is also a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations in all non-domestic buildings constructed pre 1999). But you still need the additional level of detail and investigation that you get from the refurbishment or demolition survey. In preparing for safe site work, and safe working environment, the survey needs to go beyond the surface level, and access all areas that may be affected by the planned works. This may include wall cavities, floor and ceiling voids, and other areas where our experienced surveyors know asbestos may be hidden.
Our inspection and testing process
All of Environmental Inspection’s asbestos surveys are methodical. Not just in the actual inspection, but the way our report template provides you with the information. Each layer of a room is broken down, and recorded. For example, the ceiling void, ceiling, walls and fixtures, floor, and equipment are recorded if necessary, with all suspect items sampled where safe to do so.
Any samples taken of suspect materials will be sent to an independent UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis.