Asbestos Surveys, Sampling and Testing

With UKAS accredited laboratories across the UK, SOCOTEC can undertake the full range of asbestos surveys adhering to the latest HSE guidance. This includes asbestos bulk sampling and asbestos analysis in accordance with ISO17025 and the techniques set out in HSG248 and HSG264.

Our asbestos survey services include:

  • Asbestos management surveys
  • Refurbishment and demolition surveys
  • Bulk sample asbestos analysis
  • Asbestos statutory re-inspections


Asbestos Management Survey

UKAS accredited inspection body No.0148


This is the standard asbestos survey that should be carried out for the continued management of asbestos in premises. The purpose of the survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of suspect ACMs in the building and assess their condition. Although sampling is the most common approach that has been used for surveys, an asbestos management survey can also involve presuming the presence of asbestos.

An asbestos management survey can therefore be completed, using a combination of sampling ACMs and presuming ACMs or, indeed, just presuming. Any materials presumed to contain asbestos must also have their condition assessed (ie material assessment).

Asbestos management surveys may involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. The extent of intrusion will vary between premises and depend on what is reasonably practicable for individual properties – agreement on this aspect of the survey should be reached between the client/dutyholder and the surveyor. Factors that can affect the extent of intrusion include the type of building, the nature of construction, accessibility etc.


Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys

UKAS accredited inspection body No.0148


This 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 involve destructive inspection as necessary, to gain access to all locations, including those that may be difficult to reach. Refurbishment work may vary from relatively small to large projects. Small scale work may occur in different parts of a building at different times over several years. A full asbestos sampling programme is undertaken in these areas to identify possible ACMs and to obtain estimates of the volume and surface area of the ACMs present. The survey is primarily designed to identify ACMs so that they can be removed in preparation for the refurbishment or demolition.

It is possible to use the two survey types in different parts of a building particularly where refurbishment work is in a limited area. Due to the intrusive nature of refurbishment and demolition surveys, it is recommended that the areas affected are not occupied at the time of the asbestos survey taking place.


Asbestos Statutory Re-inspections

UKAS accredited inspection body No.0148


Additionally, SOCOTEC's qualified surveyors will perform a thorough visual inspection of the asbestos containing materials identified in the asbestos register in accordance with ACoP L143. There is a requirement for Duty Holders to arrange for asbestos materials to be re-inspected at regular intervals. Risk changes are recorded and the management plan updated. Recommendations for new control measures are given where required.