Does your building contain potentially hazardous asbestos?
An asbestos management survey is carried out in order to determine whether or not a building contains Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) that could be damaged or disturbed in the course of routine activities, or maintenance operations.
Typically an asbestos management survey comprises a detailed visual inspection of ceilings, walls floors, and any areas that may be accessed during maintenance, such as service risers and ducts. Pipework, plant and machinery will also be assessed if it’s possible to do so safely.
Safety Surveys assessors are trained to identify whether materials inspected have the potential to contain asbestos. Where ACMs are identified, a sample is extracted under controlled conditions and then sent for analysis at our laboratories.
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) Identification
Our highly qualified and experienced assessors carry out all asbestos management surveys. In each case they will:
- Thoroughly survey all surfaces, surface risers and ducts
- Survey, where possible, plant, pipework and machinery
Establish if ACMs are present and fulfil the criteria
- Where ACMs are present, extract samples
Send asbestos samples to the laboratory for analysis
- Compile report, including risk assessment and management
- Provide expert advice on professional removal if required
Safety Surveys assessors are experts in identifying and managing Asbestos Containing Materials. If you are worried that a building may contain asbestos, call us on 01582 966 700
Any buildings constructed before 2000 are likely to contain ACMs. Asbestos is a cheap and effective insulator that was used in construction materials in the UK throughout the twentieth century. It was finally banned for use in 1999.
ACMs are considered hazardous either when they’re damaged, or when they could be damaged in the course of local occupancy, or during routine maintenance. Damaged ACMs are at risk of dispersing asbestos fibres into the environment which could then be inhaled.
Where potentially harmful asbestos is identified in a building the location and condition needs to be recorded, and a risk assessment created. A management plan then needs to be developed to consider how the asbestos-related risks are managed.