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Asbestos Management Surveys
What is in an asbestos management survey?
A management survey is the standard asbestos survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspected asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition.
This asbestos survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. Any samples taken are then analysed at our laboratory and the results are recorded in the asbestos survey report together with appropriate recommendations.
Experts in carrying out asbestos management surveys, ASI have a network of surveyors nationwide. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you.
Asbestos Refurbishment Survey
Asbestos pre-refurbishment surveys are carried out on the entire building or parts of a building which are to be subjected to planned refurbishment works. The purpose of the asbestos survey is to ensure that contractors working on refurbishing work are protected from asbestos containing materials on site.
The survey must locate and identify all asbestos containing materials before any refurbishment work begins. It involves an intrusive and destructive inspection with the potential of asbestos disturbance. The area to be surveyed must be vacated during the survey and certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.
ASI are the experts in carrying out asbestos pre-refurbishment surveys for the construction industry and carry out all our work with you, the customer, in mind. To see how we can help you, get in touch today.
Asbestos Demolition Surveys
A pre-demolition asbestos survey must be carried out prior to any part or whole demolition building works. The purpose of a demolition asbestos survey is to identify asbestos containing materials that must be removed prior to any demolition works taking place.
The pre-demolition asbestos survey is very intrusive and damage will be caused. All areas in the building will be inspected. If asbestos is located but the demolition phase is not imminent, then the asbestos containing materials will need to be managed until they are removed from site. You will need to make sure all areas are accessible to avoid a revisit and incurring extra costs. All asbestos reports have an executive summary which summarises the findings of the demolition asbestos survey, providing detailed recommendations.
Experts in carrying out pre-demolition asbestos surveys ASI carry out all our work putting you, the customer first. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.
From 1 October 2008 all commercial buildings on the market for sale or let require an EPC to be in place. Newly constructed buildings require an EPC before completion can take place. From April 2012 updated Regulations require that an EPC be in place from the first day the building is marketed (or within 7 days of that date)
It is illegal to market a commercial property for sale or let without a commercial EPC.
What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
The commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will tell you how energy efficient the commercial property is on a scale of A-G, with A being the most efficient. The certificate will also compare the building to a stock average and new built rating for that building type.
The certificate covers all types of buildings from shops to small offices, industrial units and large commercial buildings such as train stations and airports. Building Control is responsible for enforcing these changes in the newly built properties and it’s the Trading Standards department responsibility to enforce certificates on existing buildings. The commercial EPC is combined with a recommendation report on how the property’s energy efficiency can be improved. Commercial EPC’s are valid for a 10 year period.
The Law for a Commercial EPC
Property agents will ask whether a commercial EPC is provided before they market a property, as of April 2012 a Commercial Agent has a responsibility by law to ensure an EPC is in place at point of marketing; they may refuse to market the property if an EPC has not been commissioned. The purchasers/prospective leaseholders solicitor will also certainly ask to see the commercial EPC before contracts can be exchanged.
It is now mandatory that a commercial EPC is in place prior to marketing a commercial property, and newly constructed commercial buildings are also required to have an EPC. Non-compliance with commercial EPC legislation will result in a penalty. The penalty is of up to 12.5% of the rateable value of the property, with a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £5,000. This is in addition to the cost of a compliant commercial EPC.
Commercial Property Exemptions
Under current commercial EPC legislation a commercial EPC is not required on the following exempt premises: On lease renewals or extensions that were in place prior to 1st October, 2008
Places of worship
Stand alone buildings less than 50 square meters
Properties with consent to be demolished within a 2 year period.
Industrial, agricultural or warehousing with low energy demand (no fixed heating)
Since 9 January 2013 a building which is occupied by a public authority or institution providing public services to a large number of people, is frequently visited by the public and which has a gross floor area of over 500m² has had to display a DEC which shows the operational rating of a property. This is different from the measurement shown by an EPC. On 9 July 2015 the size threshold was reduced from 500m² to 250m². The DEC must be renewed annually for all properties over 1000m² however for smaller properties’ DECs will be valid for seven years. A DEC must be accompanied by a valid recommendation report (previously known as an advisory report) which sets out recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the building.
DECs are designed to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. They are based upon actual energy usage of a building and increase transparency about the energy efficiency of public buildings. The A3 sized certificate is valid for one year and is accompanied by an Advisory Report (AR) which is valid for seven years. The advisory report is designed to help building owners occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings so that future DECs show a better rating. ARs do not need to be displayed, but must be available
DECs and ARs must be undertaken by an accredited energy assessor using Government approved software. In order to produce the DEC the energy assessor needs to know the gross internal floor area of the building and the operating hours together with actual meter readings or consignment notes for all fuels used during the year of assessment. It is, therefore, important for owners and occupiers of public buildings over 500m2 to maintain good records of fuel used. If the energy assessor does not have access to suitable and sufficient information then a DEC cannot be produced.
The penalty for failing to display a DEC where required is £500 and the penalty for not having an advisory report available is £1,000.
Asbestos training should be given to anyone working on buildings built before year 2000. All our essential health and safety compliance training courses are tailored to suit the needs of our clients. The course are usually delivered on site at clients premises or on construction sites, delegates will be taken through a full IATP approved syllabus.
Two main types of information, instruction and training:
(a) Asbestos awareness training.
This is for those persons who are liable to disturb asbestos while carrying out their normal everyday work, or who may influence how work is carried out, such as:Guidance 9 Regulation 10 ACOP 10 Work with materials containing asbestos Page 37 of 98 Health and Safety Executive.
(b) Training for non-licensable asbestos work.
This is for those who undertake planned work with asbestos which is not licensable such as a roofer or demolition worker removing a whole asbestos cement sheet in good condition or analytical staff and asbestos surveyors.
On completion of our asbestos training courses delegates will:
- Have an increased awareness of the nature and properties of asbestos and its effects on health, including the increased risk of lung cancer for asbestos workers who smoke.
- Understand the procedures to be followed when coming into unintentional contact with ACM’s and an understanding of the appropriate emergency arrangements.
- Be familiar with the types, uses and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings Know how to avoid the risks from asbestos by understanding where to obtain information on asbestos in premises prior to commencing work;
- Know what to do if suspicious materials are found;
- How to use appropriate workplace precautions, including the risk assessment process, or seek advice on workplace precautions, in respect of the risks of asbestos; Undertake work activities in a safe manner and without risk to themselves or others.
- Have an awareness of the general legislation in relation to health and safety and asbestos.
- Have an awareness of the key elements of the Control of asbestos Regulations 2012 and the new Approved code of practice L143 Managing and working with Asbestos.
If you are interested in our asbestos training courses, please call us on 0330 100 0881.
ASI Asbestos Surveying is UKAS accredited to carry out all aspects of asbestos air testing, monitoring and fibre counting in accordance with the HSE document HSG248.
Our mobile laboratories are fully equipped and ready to work on site seven days a week and at any time of the day. This allows our team of analysts to provide fibre-counting reports immediately, giving you peace of mind. Our reports are electronically produced and can be sent anywhere by email, to ensure third parties situated away from the removal site also benefit from the production of instant certification.
Asbestos Air Monitoring
ASI Environmental are accredited by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to carry out: Fibre counting; The sampling of air for fibre counting and the four Stage Clearance Process, following the removal of asbestos by an HSE licenced asbestos removal contractor. The specification of these tasks is listed in HSG248.
Our schedule of accredited services also allows us to carry out the above testing from our fleet of mobile laboratories, which are fully equipped and ready to work on site seven days a week and at any time of the day. This enables our team of analysts to provide fibre-counting reports immediately, giving you peace of mind. Our reports are electronically produced and can be sent anywhere by email, to ensure third parties situated away from the removal site also benefit from the production of instant certification.
Our asbestos air monitoring and four-stage clearance analysts have many years’ experience in the asbestos industry working to, and beyond the required UKAS standards. Experience within the entire spectrum of work environments leaves us able to diversify immediately to meet the often demanding and challenging sites of our client base, be-it a simple residential setting or a more complex Petro-chemical or industrial environment.
4 Stage clearance testing
In a premises where licenced asbestos removal has occurred, and upon the asbestos removal contractor’s satisfaction that the area is clean and ready for inspection, the area is then required to be assessed by an independent and impartial organisation which is accredited by UKAS. Any accompanying air testing also needs to comply to the afore-mentioned standard.
ASI are approved to provide this service, with our analysts required to pay attention whilst carrying out all stages of this systematic inspection process. Once the test site has successfully passed all of the individual stages, with any residual cleaning taken place if required, it can then be safely re-occupied.
If you think you may have material which could contain Asbestos and need to get a sample tested, call us now and find out more about our homeowner’s/contractor’s bulk Asbestos testing service.
Our UK-based – analysis and same day asbestos testing service- can arrange for samples to be taken on site and transported to our laboratory. Depending on your requirements, we will report the results to you in the shortest time possible.
As part of the ASI bulk analysis service we have in-house consultants whom can also offer you advice on what should be done with the analysed material, alternatively we can arrange for one of our consultants to visit you on site to discuss in detail the options available for managing the materials that have been analysed, taking into account location and a range of other risk issues.
ASI Environmental are UKAS accredited to provide Asbestos in bulk materials, including materials and products suspected of containing asbestos. This includes the sample as well as identification of the 6 asbestos types: Amosite; Chrysotile; Crocidolite; Fibrous Actinolite; Fibrous Anthophyllite and Fibrous Tremolite.
Asbestos Surveys UK
Prior to the year 2000 asbestos-containing materials were widely used for a range of construction purposes, leaving many buildings in Britain and Northern Ireland that still contain asbestos.
If asbestos materials are in good condition and undisturbed, it poses no immediate threat, however if the condition has degraded or it is disturbed asbestos fibres can be released into the air, which if inhaled, can cause several serious lung diseases, including mesothelioma. The potential for the material to become a risk must be measured, and as such, managed.
To prevent materials becoming inadvertently disturbed, surveys must be carried out to identify asbestos containing materials, measure their extent and any damage which may be present in order to complete an understanding of how these asbestos risks may affect persons working in and around the environment they are located. Through the utilisation of risk assessments which firstly look at the individual risk of the material, but also at how materials can affect building users, persons with the duty to manage any asbestos in buildings can start to build a management plan of these items.
Based in Southampton but with nationwide cover, ASI Environmental are an asbestos surveying company with our own in-house laboratory. Although not currently a requirement, ASI firmly believe that the best possible way to show our commitment to quality and provide tried and tested processes with regard to asbestos surveying, is to achieve United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation. The field of inspection for this particular service is titled ‘Surveying for asbestos in premises’. This field covers the full range of inspections, namely: Management surveys; Refurbishment and demolition surveys as well as the Reinspection of identified or suspected asbestos containing material in surveyed premises
With asbestos surveyors strategically placed across the country, we are never far away in case of an emergency. We also provide our clients with access to a password protected online database that captures survey results, giving you unprecedented ease of access.
Are you complying with current Fire Safety Regulations?
To comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 it is a legal requirement to conduct a fire risk assessment. Company Owners, Directors and external Managing Agents could face imprisonment and potentially personal prosecutions for non-compliance. You are also at risk of invalidating your business insurance cover.
Don’t take the risk.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) came into force on 1st October 2006.
In order to comply with the order you must:
Carry out a fire risk assessment identifying any possible dangers and risks;
Consider who may be especially at risk;
Get rid of or reduce the risk from fire as far as is reasonably possible and provide general fire precautions to deal with any possible risk left;
Take other measures to make sure there is protection if flammable or explosive materials are used or stored;
Create a plan to deal with any emergency findings; and review your findings when necessary.
Ensure that your business is completely covered and meeting legal requirements by booking your fire risk assessment today.
For more information on fire risk assessments and asbestos surveys or to book your Fire Risk Assessment, call us on 0330 100 0881 or complete our online contact form
In accordance with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, ACOP L8, HSG274, HTM04-01 and the Health and Safety at Work Act, it is a legal requirement to protect your staff and visitors from exposure to controllable risks. Regardless of the size of the property or water system, water hygiene is your responsibility.
A legionella risk assessment of hot and cold water systems should be carried out to identify sources of potential microbiological growth. Routine Legionella water testing should be carried out as advocated by the risk assessment, to minimise bacterial proliferation and dissemination.
The risk assessment report needs to show where the site is and the duty holders name. The report will list all water systems and the points of entry. It should list all water assets and have an individual asset risk assessment for each asset and the reports should show a management plan for each asset and a management plan for the site.
Problem areas when testing for Legionella
Any water system, with the right environmental conditions, could be a source for Legionella bacteria growth. There is a reasonable foreseeable Legionella risk if your water system;
- has a water temperature between 20-45 deg C
- creates and/or spreads breathable droplets, eg. aerosol created by cooling towers or water droplets or even taps
- stores and/or re-circulates water
- is likely to contain a source of food for the organism, eg. presence of sludge, scale or fouling.
Our water hygiene consultants provide a comprehensive sampling service to ensure your water systems are safe and you are fully compliant with the regulations.
Legionella remedial works
If you have discovered Legionella in your water system, ASI Environmental also offer an extensive refurbishment service which includes the installation of new water systems or an upgrade of your existing water system in compliance with current statutory requirements.
We use fully trained operatives to carry out the following works:
- Tank replacements
- Tank relining
- Installation of new tank lids and screened vents
- Installation of screened overflow guards
- Tank and pipework insulation
- Mains conversion from tank fed systems to mains
- Dead legs of pipework removal
- Pipework redirection
- Tank clean and chlorination
- Tank coating
- Safe access to water services
- Installation of TMVs & servicing
- Installation of PRVs & NRVs
- Any plumbing work of any water systems
All areas of the UK covered, contact us for details.