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At C Wood & Son Ltd, we tailor every asbestos management programme and asbestos survey to the needs of your business, taking into account the footfall and use of the building. We give advice on any property from small businesses to shopping centres, factories, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals.

Management Survey (Formerly Type 2 Survey)

A management survey is the standard survey we carry out at C Wood & Son.  Its primary purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practical, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.

Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance but the extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties, i.e. it will depend on factors such as the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.

A management survey should include an assessment of the condition of the various ACMs and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way.

The survey will usually involve some sampling and an analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. The survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming.

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey (Formerly Type 3 Survey)

 A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition works are 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, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair works would be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling.

The survey will usually involve some sampling and an analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs.

There is a specific requirement in CAR 2012 (regulation 7) for all ACMs to be removed as far as reasonably practicable before major refurbishments or final demolitions. Removing ACMs is also appropriate in other smaller refurbishment situations which involve structural or layout changes to buildings (e.g. removal of partitions, walls, units etc.). Under CDM, the survey information should be used to help in the tendering process for removal of ACMs from the building before work starts.

The survey report should be supplied by the client to designers and contractors who may be bidding for the work, so that the asbestos risks can be addressed. In this type of survey, where the asbestos is identified so that it can be removed (rather than to ‘manage’ it), the survey does not normally assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to indicate areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be present.

Sampling & Testing

If a Management or Refurbishment Survey isn’t required and you think you may have or have been advised your property may contain Asbestos, materials presumed to contain asbestos are sampled. Individual samples are double bagged, each displaying their own unique reference number before being submitted to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis.

To book in for a survey today, give a member of our team a call on 01582 722119.

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