Which survey do I need?

There are several different types of asbestos survey designed to specifically suit a variety of scenarios. At Kovia, we are on hand to offer assistance to our clients to ensure we provide you with the correct survey for your individual needs. Our reports are designed for clarity and include the necessary information and recommendations to enable you to comply with all current asbestos regulations.

"A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition." - HSG 264, HSE
"A refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This type of survey is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection, as necessary, to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach. A refurbishment and demolition survey may also be required in other circumstances, eg when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling." - HSG 264, HSE
This survey is used where a combination of the two types of survey, described above, is required. The management part of the survey encompasses those areas where normal occupancy is occurring, whilst the R&D element is used to carry out a more intrusive inspection of any areas that are due for higher levels of maintenance or refurbishment work.
These are regular surveys, carried out at pre-determined intervals in order to monitor the condition of known ACMs as part of on-going asbestos management.
Kovia also offers a 'bulk sampling' service where one or more individual items of suspected material can be physically sampled in-situ, under controlled conditions. We will then have the sample processed at our preferred UKAS-accredited laboratory where the presence of asbestos can be verified and appropriate recommendations made. Whilst this is not a substitute for an asbestos survey, it does allow for rapid asbestos testing of suspected items.