Asbestos surveys

UKAS Accredited Surveying Services

Management Surveys

HSG 264 defines a Management Survey as a “standard survey to locate 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”.

We also hold accreditation to ISO17020 (UKAS number 6998) to under take all aspects of asbestos surveying and sampling.

An Asbestos Management Survey is the standard survey required on any building built or refurbished before 2000. Its purpose is to locate as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect Asbestos Containing Materials in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to access their condition.

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Asbestos 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. Following completion of your management survey, you will be provided with a report detailing the location and properties of any asbestos found within the building.

Our Asbestos Management Surveys will include a risk assessment of the condition of the various Asbestos Containing Materials found and their ability to release fibres into the air if they are disturbed in some way. This will give you a good initial guide to the priority for managing Asbestos Containing Materials as it will identify the materials that will most readily release airborne fibres if they are disturbed.

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Reinspection Surveys

In accordance with the ACOP and guidance for the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, L143 Managing and working with asbestos, the Management Plan should set out how the risks from asbestos will be managed. If the material is in good condition it is usually safe to leave it in place and periodically assess it to check that it has not deteriorated or been damaged.

Re-inspection services that ensure the regular monitoring and assessment of risk and in so doing, assists the Duty Holder’s responsibilities of managing asbestos in buildings.

We also ensure that areas of buildings that were not accessed originally are surveyed so that the asbestos register is as robust as possible.

The information and data collected during the inspection can be recorded and delivered either in electronic reports and/or through clients Asbestos database systems.

When ACMs have been damaged and the risk identified to be higher than original, we will offer recommendations for safe management including removal or encapsulation.

All inspection services are conducted in accordance with all the relevant Health and Safety Executive guidance including HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide.

Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys

A Refurbishment / Survey is needed prior to any refurbishment and is defined in HSG 264 as necessary “to locate and describe all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach”.

DEMOLITION OR REFURBISHMENT

Leftfield Environmental Demolition or Refurbishment level survey will be necessary when the building (or part of it) is to be upgraded, refurbished, or demolished. The purpose of a Demolition or Refurbishment survey is to locate and describe (as far as reasonably practicable) all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) in the area where the refurbishment or demolition activities are to take place. These asbestos surveys are fully intrusive and often necessitate destructive inspection of the fabric of the building to gain access to all areas which are suspected to contain any ACM’s.

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UKAS Accredited Laboratory Sampling

Leftfield Environmental routine and emergency bulk sampling and analysis services to clients who are concerned about suspect materials in buildings or structures who do not wish to carry out a full survey.

All sampling and analysis services are conducted in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Executive guidance including
HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures and HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide.

Sampling results can be delivered to clients within in hours following the collection of a sample as we operate a UKAS accredited laboratories.

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UKAS Accredited Air Monitoring & Clearance Testing

Leftfield Environmental provides a complete range of site based UKAS accredited air monitoring and clearance testing services including:

  • Reassurance testing
  • Background testing
  • Personal monitoring
  • Four stage clearance with Certificate of Reoccupation
  • Enclosure integrity testing and leak testing

Our air monitoring services are UKAS accredited which ensures conformity to ISo/IEC17025:2017 and are carried out in accordance with HSE guidance including HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures and in-house procedures.

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The Legal Requirements

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 place a legal duty to take steps to identify, manage and monitor asbestos containing materials in any non-domestic property.

Part of this legal duty includes carrying out an inspection of the property to identify asbestos containing materials.