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:
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.
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.
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.Contact Us
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.
Useful reading: Asbestos Surveys: What’s Involved
Your asbestos survey will help to manage asbestos in the premises. An asbestos survey will tell you:
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.
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.
Useful reading: Who Is Responsible for an Asbestos Survey?