Asbestos Surveys

As the first step in asbestos management, asbestos surveys are often the most important.

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Franks Portlock offers asbestos surveys to cover all eventualities. As we are a UKAS-accredited organisation, you can be confident we will adhere to strict controls to provide a high standard service. All of our surveys require that we take samples to verify asbestos content through a thorough laboratory analysis at one of our regional laboratories.

As part of our asbestos surveying services we offer:

Management surveys

To find any asbestos within premises that may be accessible through normal building occupancy, including basic maintenance and installation work. A management survey is the basis of any asbestos management plan. Find out more.

Pre-demolition surveys

This involves a fully intrusive inspection, to check the building fabric for the presence of asbestos that could be hidden in the structure. Find out more.

Pre-refurbishment surveys

An intrusive inspection is likely required in this instance, but it is dependent on the scope of refurbishment work which might range from redecoration to the complete removal of internal and external materials. Find out more.

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What is an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is an inspection of a building or structure, internally and externally, in order to locate, identify and quantify asbestos containing materials. Whatever type of survey is employed, the ultimate aim is to risk assess and prevent those occupying or working within the building from coming into contact within airborne asbestos fibres. 

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What will an asbestos survey tell me?

Your asbestos survey will help to manage asbestos in the premises. An asbestos survey will tell you:

  • The location and extent of any asbestos present in your premises, or those deemed to be your place of work.
  • The types of asbestos containing material present, including which of the six regulated forms of asbestos were found.
  • The condition of the asbestos containing material and it’s surface treatment (management surveys). Together with the product type, these form a ‘material assessment’ score signifying the relative risk they might pose to occupants.
  • A basic recommendation for further action.

Do you need an asbestos survey?

Whilst asbestos has been banned in the UK since 2000, asbestos materials were widely used in previous years. If your premises was built before the year 2000, it is very possible that asbestos is present. 

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 are clear that there is a duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic buildings (regulation 4) and so unless you have records proving that asbestos was not used in the construction of the premises (or installed since), you’ll need to establish if it is present. The most effective way of doing so is by engaging with a UKAS accredited surveying company such as Franks Portlock.

What are my responsibilities?

The control of asbestos regulation makes it clear that the duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises falls to the owner or any person, or organisation, that has direct responsibility for its maintenance and repair – by a lease agreement for example. 

The duty holder must ensure, ultimately, that asbestos fibres are not made airbourne by general occupancy or works within the premises through careful management, risk assessment, planning, communication and training.

We appreciate that this may be daunting and we have the expertise to help you through the whole process, which begins by assessing the site through an asbestos survey.

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    Please Get In Touch

    If you’re interested in any of our services, please feel free to contact us. You can get in touch by either calling us at one of our offices listed below, or by filling out our enquiry form.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may take a little longer to get back to you than usual, please contact us and we’ll deal with your enquiry as soon as possible.

    Head Office/NE England Office:

    T: 0191 4193116 Accredited Office

    Scotland Office:

    T: 01383 427321 Accredited Office

    NW England (Sellafield) Office:

    T: 01946 721 760 Accredited Office

    London Office:

    T: 0208 0453804

    Full range of services

    Legionella Risk Assessment

    A Legionella Risk Assessment is the source of information when implementing an Action Plan in addressing the control measures of Legionella within the premises.

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    Legionella Remedial Works

    Once the risk assessment has been carried out, and the risks have been identified, they must be removed or at the very least, reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

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    Legionella Management and Monitoring

    Once you have your Legionella Risk Assessment completed, and signed off all the actions recommended within it, you now must monitor and maintain your water systems to ensure the remedial works you have carried out remain effective.

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    Air Testing

    We conduct air testing in scenarios where this is deemed necessary and have a great depth of experience in this process.

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    Asbestos Surveys

    Asbestos surveys are an important tool in managing the risk from asbestos being the first and most important part of the process.

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    Clearance Certification

    We provide asbestos clearance certification in the form of four stage clearance as outlined by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and HSG248.

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    Lab Analysis

    We have four internal bulk analysis laboratories to test samples generated during our own surveys as well as those handed in by our clients.

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    Training Service

    We offer asbestos awareness training and Legionella awareness training.

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    We provide assistance for all areas of asbestos management and will support you through the whole process.

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    Bernard Interiors

    During a recent review by our Health and Safety consultant, it was noted that a Legionella Risk Assessment was necessary for our studio. We contacted Franks Portlock who undertook a full review of the premises and provided us with a greater understanding of the UK regulations and requirements. Sean Green supplied us with a detailed Legionella risk assessment and offered pragmatic advice and guidance on the procedures required to remain compliant, the whole process was seamless from start to finish.. Sean attention to detail and dedication was faultless throughout the entire process and it was a pleasure to work with both him and the team.

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    Six months ago, we instructed Sean and the team at Franks Portlock for their services in Water Hygiene and we have been blown away by the service he has provided us. We have a number of different schools on board with him that range from full water hygiene monthly management, to RA's and Annual services. When tendering we found that Frank's Portlocks cost were similar to what we were already paying, however the level of detail that the contract covers far outweighs any previous contract we've ever had. The Monthly meetings have made a massive difference in ensuring that faults and risk items are dealt with promptly and appropriately. As the person who oversees compliance across our trust, I no longer have to worry about the water hygiene compliance in our schools that use Franks Portlock.