Asbestos was widely used in the construction industry before it was banned in 1999. It was used throughout a range of products, including asbestos cement products, textured coatings, floor tiles, insulation boards, pipe lagging, and other materials. This led to a large increase in asbestos-related diseases. However, asbestos only becomes a risk when the material is in poor condition, which risks fibres becoming airborne and inhaled.
During any Asbestos Management Survey – previously known as a Type 2 Survey - all ACMs are identified as far as reasonably practical. Involving an initial visual inspection of the premises, assessing all walls, floors, lofts, service risers, ceilings, and other locations. Then if the visual inspection identifies any suspicious areas, it is then necessary to obtain a safe sample. The collected samples are then analysed to confirm the presence and type of asbestos by a UKAS-approved laboratory.
An Asbestos Management Survey will:
- Identify the presence, type, and extent of any ACMs
- Determine the level of damage or deterioration of any ACMs
- Confirms the best course of action moving forward
The survey is inadequate if you are planning any major refurbishment or demolition work.
Our experienced and qualified asbestos surveyors are systematic and diligent. They have the knowledge, skill, and expertise to undertake a specialist survey. This survey can then be used to create an Asbestos Management Plan, which lists any known asbestos on a property and its condition.