A Refurbishment Survey is needed prior to any refurbishment and is defined in HSG 264 as necessary “to locate and describe all ACMs in the area where the refurbishment work will take place. The survey will be fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach”.
Prior to any refurbishment, your designated Consultant will undertake a detailed planning process to ensure that the scope of works is clearly defined in a specification. 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 may be accessed during the refurbishment 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.
If it’s necessary to remove the asbestos before the refurbishment, Santia can prepare a specification and tender the works on behalf of the client via our procurement and project management service. Santia can appoint the asbestos removal contractor directly and project manage the work with full on-site air monitoring and provision of certification for reoccupation, leaving an asbestos-free site which is now safe for refurbishment to commence.