Asbestos Surveys: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Asbestos Surveys: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We are often asked by clients why there is so much variation between asbestos surveys carried out by different organisations. In an ideal world, there would certainly be very little difference, as the principal aim of a survey is to locate and assess the asbestos containing materials within the survey area and within the scope of a particular type of survey.

However, things are not quite so straightforward within the ‘real world’. For example, some surveyors might gather insufficient information; sometimes too many samples (or too few) may be collected; variations in the level of ‘intrusions’ (opening up) may occur; or staff may be under pressure to work too quickly and. Also, individual surveyor competence (qualifications, experience, knowledge, etc.) is well known to vary across the industry which can be made worse if robust quality assurance and quality control processes are not in place.  Collectively, this can result in huge variations in the quality and reliability of asbestos surveys, leaving you in “suspect” legal territory where high standards are not maintained.

So, how do you recognise a good survey provider? The most important things are to ensure your provider is UKAS accredited and can demonstrate: a proper understanding of your needs; the appropriate type of survey required; impartiality and independence from asbestos removal contractors; experience in asbestos ‘risk management’ (not simply surveying work); a competent team; reliable experience; and robust quality assurance/control procedures. This should be a start in giving you peace of mind and ensuring you are fulfilling your ‘Duty to Manage’

If you want to contact us about our Asbestos Survey service please email Andrew at AndrewS@acsrisk.com or call him at 0141 427 5171