HSG 264 defines a Management Survey as a “standard surveyto locate 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”.
At the outset of any new surveying contract, your designated Consultant will undertake a detailed planning process to ensure that the scope of works is clearly defined. A desk top study and site walkthrough ensures that the survey is planned correctly and safely, and that all of the areas of the building which could be accessed during normal occupation and maintenance are inspected:
Provisions are made in advance of the survey to ensure that any suspect plant and electrical installations are isolated by a qualified electrician who will issue a Permit to Work.
Our Surveyors collaborate with qualified Lift Engineers to ensure that the lift shaft can be inspected whilst the lift car is isolated and operated safely.
Our Surveyors have powered access licenses to operate MEWPs so that areas at height can be reached and sampled from a safe platform.
Some of our most experienced and highly trained Surveyors are also qualified to work in confined spaces, safely entering and working in tunnels and service ducts with the correct specialist equipment.
Once the on-site inspection is complete, samples are analysed at our UKAS accredited laboratories and the report is technically reviewed prior to despatch and upload to our online portal, eRisk. Asbestos information can be simply extracted from the survey report using eRisk in a format which enables the dutyholder to act on the recommended control and management actions accordingly. Our Key Account Managers work closely with our customers to help them interpret the results.
Although confined spaces, areas at height requiring a MEWP, lift shafts and electrical installations should be inspected as part of a Management Survey, these areas are often excluded from the actual survey report. This can be due to lack of training and experience, poor planning or a full understanding of the consequences of not inspecting these parts of the building. Any areas which are not inspected during the survey are listed as ‘inaccessible’ in the survey report, leaving the dutyholder with incomplete management information and areas which must be ‘presumed to contain asbestos until proven otherwise’. This can cause issues such as:
Delaying entry into an area in the event of an emergency
A risk of exposure to asbestos if these areas are not labelled appropriately
Additional cost if a separate visit has to be made to inspect these areas after the survey.
The Santia approach is why we continue to be a trusted provider of high quality surveying services.