Management Asbestos Surveys (non-intrusive survey)
A management asbestos survey is carried out on occupied and unoccupied properties and is non-intrusive to the fabric of the property. It is undertaken to determine so far as it is reasonably practical the full extent of asbestos containing materials within a building and then detail the product type, condition, surface treatment, asbestos type and extent. The survey includes photographs of sampled and suspect asbestos containing materials, property plans, material risk assessment and recommendations for managing or removing asbestos containing materials.
Pre-Refurbishment / Pre-Demolition Surveys (fully intrusive survey)
Pre-refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys can only be carried out on vacant properties prior to major refurbishment or demolition works taking place. As they are fully intrusive surveys the fabric of the property is damaged to enable surveyors to locate all asbestos containing materials so far as it is reasonably practical the full extent of asbestos containing materials within a building and then detail the product type, condition, surface treatment, asbestos type and extent. The survey includes photographs of sampled and suspect asbestos containing materials, property plans, material risk assessment and recommendations for removing all asbestos and associated contaminated materials.
With a minimum of 10 years’ working within the asbestos surveying industry, all IBW surveyors have a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area.
All asbestos surveys are carried out in accordance with HSG264 The Survey Guide, they are structured so that they are easy to understand and emailed to clients in a PDF format.
The types of asbestos surveys Intelligent Building Works Ltd offers are:
Who is responsible for arranging asbestos surveys?
The duty holder is the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of the non-domestic premises through an explicit agreement such as a tenancy agreement or contract.
The extent of the duty depends on the nature of the agreement. If there is a single leaseholder, then it depends on whether the contract states that the leaseholder or the owner is responsible for maintenance and repairs. If the site is leased by multiple occupants, the contract may state that it is the owner which takes full responsibility for the whole building. However, responsibility can be split between owner and occupier, with those leasing the building sometimes responsible for the individual parts of the building they occupy. Some agreements may state that the responsibility is passed to a managing agent. In the first instance, check your contract. Where no contract or similar agreement exists, or where responsibility for maintenance or repairs is not specifically stated, or where premises are unoccupied, the responsibility rests with whoever has control of the premises, often the owner.
Which premises require an asbestos survey?
All non-domestic premises. This includes retail, industrial and commercial buildings, public buildings such as shops, hospitals, schools, offices, factories, warehouses.
Communal or common areas of some domestic premises are also classed as ‘non-domestic premises’ and so require an asbestos survey. This is chiefly purpose-built flats and houses converted into flats. The particular areas of the buildings which are classed as ‘non-domestic’ and as such result in a duty to manage asbestos risk being required: these include corridors, foyers, lift-shafts, lifts, staircases, roof spaces, gardens, yards, outhouses and garages – although the duty of care would not extend to the flats themselves.
Our asbestos surveyors can work at private and public sector buildings across the North West of England including Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Crewe, Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent, Preston, Southport, Wigan, Bolton, Blackpool and across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire.