ABP Associates are a UKAS-accredited inspection body. We conduct asbestos surveys as described in HSG264 “Asbestos: The Survey Guide” published by the HSE. It details areas of best practice and the types of asbestos containing material (ACMs), which may be found within premises.
What are Asbestos Surveys?
An asbestos survey is used to locate asbestos containing materials within a building. The surveyor also makes an assessment of the condition. A survey report is generated which is used to create a management plan in order to manage the asbestos identified effectively, either by monitoring the condition of the material or by removing it altogether.
Do I Need an Asbestos Survey?
Asbestos-containing materials were used in construction until 1999, so many buildings in Great Britain built before 2000 still contain asbestos. Where asbestos materials are in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed, they present a very low risk. Where the asbestos is likely to be disturbed, asbestos fibres may be released into the air. The fibres are known to cause serious lung diseases including cancer. Asbestos surveys are used to give information on where asbestos is in the building in order for exposure to the harmful fibres to be prevented through a management plan.
Which Type of Asbestos Survey do I Need?
- Management Surveys aim to locate ACMs that may be disturbed during day-to-day use of a building
- Refurbishment Surveys locate ACMs that could be disturbed during planned maintenance. They are more intrusive than management surveys
- Demolition Surveys aim to identify all ACMs within a building that is due to be demolished
- Re-Inspection Surveys are a periodic check on the condition of ACMs found during a previous asbestos survey.
How ABP Can Help You
ABP Associates Ltd are accredited by UKAS to carry out surveys in residential, local authority, commercial and industrial buildings. All of our surveyors hold P402 qualifications and are audited often to ensure they remain competent. Experience is gained through shadowing a competent surveyor.
Our surveyors are never paid a commission based on the number of samples taken or the length of the survey, so you can be sure that samples will only be taken if they are needed.