Abastra Environmental Limited
Abastra Environmental Limited

Asbestos Surveys & Testing
doing survey work of asbestos

Asbestos survey and testing services in London and the South East

At Abastra, we provide essential asbestos services to our clients in Luton, Basildon, Chelmsford, Maidstone, Eastbourne, Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth and London, including asbestos surveys and asbestos testing. These procedures detect the presence of asbestos, and determine whether the material is safe to be around.

We are full-certified and accredited to perform in-depth asbestos surveys and arrange appropriate asbestos testing for all of our clients in London, the South East, and nationwide.

Abastra has held its asbestos licence since 1989 and has been a proud member of ARCA (the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association) for more than 20 years. The firm’s 2018 asbestos licence was recently renewed all the way to 2021.

Asbestos surveys

Asbestos surveys can only be undertaken by an appropriately trained surveyor who holds a BOHS Proficiency Module P402 qualification.

The purpose of undertaking and asbestos survey is to provide accurate information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within the property.

Samples of suspected materials will be taken to a UKAS accredited asbestos testing laboratory and should asbestos, of any type, be found the survey will then identify where and what type is present. It will also determine the condition and therefore any subsequent action.

The type of asbestos survey needed will be dependent on you and your property’s specific requirements.

It is not a legal requirement for domestic properties to have an asbestos survey carried out, However, the requirements do apply to common parts of premises, including housing developments and blocks of flats, but do not place any direct duties on landlords for individual houses or flats.

Should you plan to have refurbishment works undertaken or part of the property demolished it is a requirement to have a pre Refurbishment or Demolition survey undertaken before any works commence

asbestos initial survey

Management Survey

An asbestos management survey is generally referred to as a ‘standard survey’. The purpose of this survey is locate – as far as reasonably practicable – the presence and extent of any potential asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building. The survey will identify (ACMs) which could be damaged or disturbed during normal everyday occupancy, including any everyday maintenance activities. The survey will also include an assessment of the condition of the materials.

maintenance and refurbishment survey of asbestos

Refurbishment/Demolition Survey

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, e.g. when more intrusive maintenance and repair work will be carried out or for plant removal or dismantling

asbestos samples

Asbestos Sampling

The purpose of taking samples of suspected asbestos materials is to primarily determine if the materials contains asbestos and if so what type.

Asbestos samples will only be taken by one of our qualified asbestos surveyors to prevent the spread of fibres during the sampling process.

All of our bulk material sampling work is undertaken in accordance with the techniques set out in HSG 264.

Asbestos testing

When suspicious material is found at a property that is likely to be asbestos, it is important that samples are taken to be tested in a laboratory. Since asbestos is used to make up so many kinds of building materials, this may involve taking several samples, if the intention is fully asbestos removal or demolition of the property. The asbestos testing process is essential in ensuring that the right materials are disposed of correctly.

abastra team performing test work

Why do I need to have asbestos testing, if I already know there is asbestos in the building?

There are two main reasons why asbestos testing is so important.

Firstly, asbestos is not just one mineral. It describes a group of six naturally occurring items that have all been used in the construction industry at one time or another. These different types of asbestos, whilst all potentially hazardous if disturbed, have their own unique properties and dangers. For the safety of our staff, our customers, and the environment, we need to know exactly what we’re dealing with to ensure we’re using the right equipment for asbestos removal, and that we’re disposing of it in the appropriate manner.

Secondly, we’re not just testing for asbestos. We’re also checking for non-contaminated material. Just because a house was built using asbestos, doesn’t mean all the materials included it. Since asbestos removal is a time-consuming process, we don’t want to remove perfectly safe plasterboard and drywall unless we have to

Can I get an asbestos sample tested myself?

Technically, yes. There are home testing kits and independent laboratories that will inspect any asbestos samples that you gather, but we do not recommend it. Asbestos is highly dangerous to your health, and handling it without proper training and protection is a significant risk. Far better to leave asbestos testing to the experts.

Your local asbestos removal firm

Operating from our main office in Tonbridge, Kent, Abastra has conducted thousands of asbestos surveys in our time, across London, Luton, Basildon, Chelmsford, Maidstone, Eastbourne, Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth and beyond.

Get in touch

For all your domestic and commercial asbestos testing and surveying requirements in London , the South East and across the UK, call Abastra on 01892 838698 and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with your free, no-obligation quote for our services.