Asbestos Survey Reading
Meyer Environmental can be counted upon to deliver you an asbestos survey in Reading – expertly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
We can have a surveyor at your site within hours of your initial contact with us. All our surveyors are trained to the highest standards of UKATA (United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association). They will use all their experience and expertise to straight away produce the asbestos survey you need, whether your premises is domestic, commercial, or industrial.
When do I need an Asbestos Survey?
Domestic properties built before 2000, and particularly those built between the 1950s and 1980s, are likely to contain asbestos. An asbestos survey at any time can determine the extent to which ACMs (Asbestos Containing Materials) feature in your home. An asbestos survey becomes particularly important if there is fire, flood, or accidental damage caused. It can also be a help or even a necessity if attempting to sell or the property, or if you are making it available for rent.
If you are planning any extension or refurbishment works on your property in Reading, then an asbestos survey is also beneficial – for both the safety of the tradesmen who will be carrying out that work, and for your own peace of mind.
For non-domestic premises such as shops, offices, or factories that were built before the year 2000 in Reading or anywhere in the UK, an asbestos register must be maintained at all times, in order to comply with legislation laid down by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
An initial asbestos survey will be required to achieve this. If your property is found or has previously been found to contain asbestos, you will then require an Asbestos Management Plan and a Risk Register, which should be updated each year. This will necessitate a series of Re-Inspection Asbestos Surveys.
Also, if your property was built before 2000 and you intended to undertake demolition or refurbishment work, then a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey will be needed. This too is a legislative requirement of the HSE.
Types of Asbestos Survey
Meyer Environmental Ltd. can provide the following types of asbestos survey on any property in Reading:
Asbestos Bulk Sampling
Asbestos Bulk Sampling is an unobtrusive procedure carried out where a full asbestos survey is not required.
Our surveyors simply take samples of suspected ACMs from walls, roofs, ceilings, etc., and make good all the sampling points following inspection.
Samples are sent to a UKAS-accredited laboratory for expert scientific analysis. Reports are compiled and supplied based on the results. These will include a detailed Material Risk Assessment for any level of asbestos found, along with recommendations on how best to safely manage the ACMs.
Asbestos Bulk Sampling can be particularly suitable for domestic premises, particularly as they are about to be placed on the property market for either sale or rent.
Asbestos Management Survey
An Asbestos Management Survey (formerly known as Type 1 and Type 2 Asbestos Surveys) is generally the principal method of determining the presence and/or extent of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in a property.
Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, 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. 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. This ‘material assessment’ will give a good initial guide to the priority for managing ACMs as it will identify the materials which will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However, a management survey can also involve presuming the presence or absence of asbestos. A management survey can be completed using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (i.e. a material assessment).
Re-Inspection Surveys are necessary on non-domestic buildings in particular, where a previous survey has found the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). As ACMs can degrade or become damaged over time, the premises should be inspected regularly to ensure they have not deteriorated. The recommendation from HSE is that all Asbestos Registers and Management Plans should be monitored and reviewed at least annually, or whenever remedial, refurbishment, or demolition work is to be carried out.
For this type of survey to be undertaken an existing asbestos survey or asbestos register should be in place. The asbestos surveyor will use the existing information to locate previous identified asbestos products and reassess its condition. The survey report itself will include new photographs of those materials together with a new recommendation on how to safely manage those materials.
A Demolition/Refurbishment Asbestos Survey becomes necessary when any major structural works are planned to a premises. It locates and describes, insofar as reasonably practicable, all instances of asbestos in the building. It may involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas, especially those that are difficult to reach.
The Asbestos Survey Report that follows will detail the specific findings regarding discovery of ACMs, and recommendations for their removal and disposal prior to the commencement of structural work.
Contact us for your Asbestos Survey in Reading
For a professional and expert Asbestos Survey in Reading, be sure to contact Meyer Environmental Ltd.
We are renowned for our quick service, expert work, accurate quotations, and delivering on budget for all Asbestos Survey and Asbestos Removal needs in Reading.