Elliott Environmental Surveyors - Asbestos Management with a Difference
Asbestos was once seen as the ideal building material but now it is recognised as one of the most dangerous risks to health. Since 2004 the owners of all commercial premises have been obliged to have a plan of their buildings showing the location of any asbestos, and information about how to manage it together with the precautions that have to be taken by anyone working near it.
Asbestos is an environmental liability that property owners cannot escape. As Chartered Surveyors our approach to asbestos is different. While other companies offer a technical service, we offer a professional one. We see the whole property picture and offer expert guidance to find the best solution to the problem - one which understands the liability but protects the investment value.
We work with property owners, investors, householders, architects, developers, farmers, land agents, estate agents, solicitors, tradesmen, facilities managers, demolition contractors, insurance companies and pension funds.
We survey all types of property including farms, factories, shops, offices, schools, domestic premises and hospitals.
Our service is backed by appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance and is:
We carry out:
Management Surveys (formerly Type 2 surveys) - Normally involving a detailed inspection taking discreet samples of any material that could contain asbestos. Insulation board, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, artex, cement roofing sheets and guttering can all contain asbestos if they were manufactured during the years when asbestos was widely used. Only laboratory analysis can determine whether it is present. Different types of material pose different levels of risk and we will use our experience and expertise to advise clients on the appropriate action to take.
Pre-demolition and refurbishment surveys (formerly Type 3 surveys) – A full intrusive and destructive survey. When a property is undergoing refurbishment or demolition there is a risk posed to contractors, inhabitants or neighbours by the release of asbestos dust and fibres into the atmosphere. There are also waste disposal issues to consider. Survey samples are taken from areas which were inaccessible when the building was occupied – roof voids, lift shafts, areas behind internal fixtures, walls and boarding. The project can then be planned and costed to ensure that the risks from asbestos are properly contained before work commences.
Our Asbestos Management Plans are designed to be a useful tool for duty holders. They can be provided in paper and/or electronic format and include:
clear descriptions, CAD plans and photographs of the buildings
descriptions of the survey and the sampling carried out
laboratory results and interpretation
a register of the asbestos found and a plan of its locations
an assessment of the level of risk and advice on how to manage the asbestos during normal use, and during construction or maintenance work.
We offer independent professional guidance on whether or not immediate action needs to be taken and can help to source suitable contractors if required.
Properties change over time as repairs and improvements are carried out. Risks from asbestos can decrease if it is removed or increase if the condition of the asbestos changes, or previously concealed areas are exposed. The law requires that Asbestos Management Plans are reviewed and updated annually and Elliott Environmental Surveyors can carry out these reviews.
Our surveys are carried out to the highest standards.
Our surveyors hold Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPoH) Level 3 Certificate in Asbestos Inspection Procedures and BOHS Certificate P402 – Building Surveys and Bulk Sampling for Asbestos.
We use only UKAS accredited laboratories to guarantee testing of the highest standard.
As Chartered Surveyors we offer a professional service because we understand the challenges property owners face in balancing legal obligations with their budgets.
Commercial Asbestos Management