Speak to one of our experts on 02392 261 005, Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 17:00, or request a quote info@maximumair.co.uk

Speak to an expert Monday to Friday, 8:30-17:00 on 02392261005

Asbestos Surveys

Here at Maximum Climate Control, our team of asbestos surveyors are ready to help those across the UK that require an extensive asbestos survey and inspection of their property which may have traces of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). All of our asbestos consultants and surveyors are experienced, fully qualified – British Occupational Hygiene Society and the Royal Society for Public Health – and trained to identify asbestos and the ways on how to manage its presence within your property.

Maximum Climate Control’s team of asbestos management experts are ready at short notice no matter the size of the job. We operate from Hampshire and offer a range of asbestos surveys for both commercial and domestic properties up and down the UK – if you would like to know more about our asbestos surveys or receive a no obligation quotation, simply get in touch with our Service Team.

Where can asbestos be found?

It is generally reasonable to assume that any building constructed or refurbished in any way prior to the year 2000 or that is on a brownfield site, could feasibly contain asbestos in some form or another. Asbestos was commonly used as a building material and can be found in all aspects of building materials such as insulation, board materials, roofing materials and flooring to name but a few.

Asbestos is not restricted to any one particular building type and can be found in houses, offices, shops, schools, hospitals and flats or apartments. Asbestos fibres are known to cause considerable harm to humans, particularly in the form of lung related conditions.

Contact an Asbestos Specialist
Asbestos Surveys
Asbestos Surveys

The dangers of asbestos

If exposed to asbestos fibres, symptoms can include Pleural Thickening whereby the lining of the lung thickens and swells, resulting in shortness of breath and discomfort, to lung cancers which can ultimately prove fatal. Hence, it is vital that the responsible person for managing a property provides accurate information on where asbestos can be found on the property, how much of it there is and what condition its in.

Request More Information


Asbestos Survey FAQs

Asbestos is a topic that has a lot of questions regarding the safety and law, which is why we’ve broken down some frequently asked questions, so that you have a comprehensive understanding of what to expect when dealing with asbestos in your property.

Who has the responsibility for managing any asbestos risk?

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 enforce the legal duty of care onto the person or organisation responsible for the maintenance of the property to ensure that anyone using or working in the premises remains protected from the risk to health. This should be particularly considered if the building is about to undergo any intrusive works which could disturb potential asbestos. The best way to prevent these works exposing people to risk to health is to commission an asbestos risk assessment.

Why do I need an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is important to ensure that:

• No one is harmed by the presence of asbestos containing materials in the property, and;

• The asbestos containing material is easily identified, and;

• No one disturbs it accidentally

Firstly, this will involve logging the location of all likely asbestos containing material and taking samples that will be sent away to an independent UKAS accredited laboratory for testing. This is done to determine the potential of the material to release asbestos fibres into the air. The findings will then be compiled into a detailed report which will include:

• The asbestos type, location, extent and condition

• Details on how to prepare an asbestos management plan for your property/building

• The asbestos report will also include notes on priorities for any remedial work

The survey will also identify any areas where a sample was not able to be taken for analysis. In this case, these areas should be considered to harbour asbestos containing material.

What happens after the asbestos survey?

Upon receipt of the asbestos survey report, the person or organisation responsible for the maintenance of the property must produce an asbestos risk register. The asbestos risk register is a key component of the required plan on how you will manage any asbestos found, or presumed to be, in your buildings. This management plan must contain current information about the presence and condition of any asbestos in the building. The asbestos risk register will therefore need to be updated on a regular basis (at least once a year). To do this you should make:

▪ regular inspections to check the current condition of asbestos materials;

▪ deletions to the register when any asbestos is removed;

▪ additions to the register when new areas are surveyed and asbestos is located, and;

▪ changes to the register (at any time asbestos-containing materials are found to have deteriorated)

The risk register can be kept as a paper or electronic record and it is very important that this is kept up to date and easily accessible. Paper copies may be easier to pass on to visiting maintenance workers, who will need them to know the location and condition of any asbestos before they start work. Electronic copies are easier to update and are probably better suited for people responsible for large numbers of properties or bigger premises.

Who enforces the asbestos regulation?

Asbestos regulations are enforced by HSE, Local Authorities (LAs) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). LAs are the principle enforcing authority in retailing, wholesale distribution, warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries). ORR is responsible for railway stations and depots and other rail premises.

If there is extensive building or construction activity in premises normally enforced by LAs or ORR, HSE may become the enforcing authority for the duration of the construction work.

What types of asbestos surveys are there?

There are typically four types of asbestos surveys that can be carried out in the UK, all with different purposes and aims.

Asbestos Management Survey - an asbestos management survey is conducted to identify the presence and quantity of any materials that contain asbestos in a property. This survey serves as the groundwork for creating the Asbestos Register and is essential for ongoing management of any identified asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). The survey will identify areas needing immediate action and contribute to the development of an asbestos management plan.

Refurbishment & Demolition Survey - When a building or a portion of it is scheduled for refurbishment or demolition, a refurbishment and demolition survey becomes a mandatory obligation within the UK. The objective of this asbestos survey for demolition is to identify and describe all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within the designated area intended for refurbishment or demolition. This process facilitates the creation of a thorough report that certifies the site as "safe for reoccupation," ensuring the protection of workers.

Pre-purchase Asbestos Survey - Before buying a property, it is advisable to conduct pre-purchase surveys to obtain a comprehensive understanding of your prospective new home. In recent times, numerous "homebuyer's surveys" have started incorporating assessments of potential asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in their reports. A regular domestic asbestos survey does not involve sampling of potential asbestos materials. Therefore, a pre-purchase asbestos survey becomes a crucial safety measure to be taken prior to purchasing any residential property.

Re-inspection Survey - In the event that asbestos is discovered, conducting an annual re-inspection of identified asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) is crucial to maintain compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations. Our team will thoroughly inspect all known ACMs, documenting their current condition and monitoring any signs of deterioration or alterations. Subsequently, a detailed report will be provided to the client, highlighting any changes in condition or associated risks, along with recommended actions to be taken in the future. This process ensures ongoing adherence to regulations and effective management of asbestos.

Asbestos Surveys

Choosing a trusted asbestos surveyor

If you have limited experience with asbestos-containing materials, it is vital to work with proficient asbestos surveyors and licensed contractors. The professionals and consultants you choose, should possess appropriate accreditation or certification, follow established guidelines for best practices, whilst adhering to asbestos laws and regulations. Competent asbestos surveyors should possess a comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with surveys, undergo training, have relevant experience, and employ an effective asbestos management plan.

Selecting a licensed contractor is crucial as they should: operate within the framework of the Asbestos Regulations 2012, identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), minimise disturbances during the work process, and upon completion, provide the duty holder with a comprehensive asbestos report and asbestos register.

Asbestos Surveys

Request a no-obligation quote

At Maximum Climate Control, our asbestos surveyors hold full qualifications and strictly adhere to the guidance outlined in the HSE Guidance Documents, specifically HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide. If you require an asbestos survey or have concerns about the presence of asbestos-containing materials in your property, we are here to assist you.

Get in touch with one of our asbestos experts to receive a no obligation quotation or further advice on how to deal with asbestos in your property.


Get in Touch

    I consent to Maximum Air collecting my details through this form.

    Contact Us

    Unit 1,
    Falcon Court,
    Parklands Business Park,
    Denmead PO7 6BZ

    02392 261005 info@maximumair.co.uk