Asbestos surveys, bulk sampling & analysis

Are you the owner of or in charge of a property built before 2000? If so, you may be at
risk from asbestos. If the building is to undergo any development, building work or any
structural changes, asbestos must be considered.

You must comply with the ‘Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

– which means commissioning the correct asbestos survey to identify and manage any risks of asbestos.

Our asbestos surveys are conducted in accordance with all HSE guidance. Furthermore, all our asbestos surveyors hold
BOHS P402 certification or equivalent – and are highly experienced, highly trained and undergo regular audits

How asbestos surveys work

There are two types of asbestos surveys. Depending on your plans,
you may require one type of asbestos survey, the other, or both.

Learn more about asbestos surveys below.

Management asbestos surveys

The simplest type of asbestos survey, this is usually a visual inspection noting any possible asbestos risks of the property
– when under normal use.

Management surveys (previously defined as type 2 surveys) involve a combination of sampling materials (where accessible) and presuming
materials (where inaccessible). Then, we confirm via analysis where asbestos is located in order for effective management plans to
be drawn up.

Who are management asbestos surveys for? What do you need to know?

Refurbishment/ demolition asbestos surveys

A fully-intrusive type of asbestos survey, this is required when you undergo any refurbishment or demolition work in a building where asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are likely.

Refurbishment/ demolition surveys (previously defined as type 3 surveys) locate and describe all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the area – as far as reasonably practicable. The survey will take place where the refurbishment work is planned or in the whole building if demolition is planned. Involving destructive inspection as necessary, we will gain access to all areas – including those that may be difficult to reach.

Who are refurbishment/ demolition asbestos surveys for? What do you need to know?
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Localised (Specified or Targeted) refurbishment & demolition survey

These surveys follow the same practice as refurbishment & demolition surveys, however, they are limited to localised areas only.
For example, if you’re removing a partition wall or planning maintenance works in one area of the building, you can choose this survey
– providing the work is restricted within a small area of the building.
This is a good option to minimise disruption for any occupants, disturbance of contained asbestos and damage of building features
throughout the rest of the building.

Bulk Sampling

Bulk sampling removes a small portion of building materials for asbestos analytical purposes. It minimises damage to the original materials and
is a safe technique carried out by our team of experts. The aim is to stop unqualified individuals taking their own samples and seriously risking
their health.

We offer our bulk sampling service both inclusive and independent of asbestos surveys.

Asbestos analysis laboratory turnaround times

Specific site bulk sampling engagements are conducted upon request where competent personnel collect bulk samples as in accordance with our in house documented quality management system or we welcome submitted samples to our laboratory by surveyors, consultants and asbestos removal contractors. Accredited Asbestos Analysis Laboratory Turnaround Services Identification of asbestos fibres is based on the following procedure:

All costs are subject to sample volume and frequency

Please contact us info@westlandes.co.uk | 01782 624642
to discuss your requirements in more detail to obtain the most suitable quotation.