Asbestos Surveys

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Asbestos Surveys

BCL’s Asbestos team are specialists in providing clients with a comprehensive asbestos surveying service. BCL has been at the forefront of developments, which over many years have led to current practices to identify, manage and monitor the safe removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). 

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Regulation 4: Duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic properties, places a legal requirement on owners and occupiers of non-domestic buildings and social landlords to have an up to date Asbestos Survey and Asbestos Register in place.

BCL is a UKAS accredited laboratory and Type C Inspection Body holding accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020: 2012 and ISO/IEC 17025: 2004. Our accredited services include surveying for asbestos in premises in accordance with HSG 264 and sampling of bulk materials for asbestos fibre identification, sampling of asbestos fibres in the air and fibre counting to HSG 248. We currently hold a category “A” RICE rating and a “Satisfactory” AIMS standard. We are members of ATAC, CHAS and all our site based staff hold the appropriate CSCS cards.

Why use a UKAS accredited asbestos survey company?

There are many companies that provide consultancy and surveying services, sometimes at what initially appears to be at a low cost. However, before commissioning an organisation to undertake such work it is important to consider the risks. 

Selecting an organisation accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will ensure that you are appointing a competent surveying organisation that will understand and meet your requirements.

  • Are you confident that the organisation has the technical competence to undertake the work in question?
  • Are you satisfied that the organisation has the resources to do the work?
  • Are the surveyors working to suitable codes of conduct to ensure inspections are carried out impartially and with integrity?
  • Are you confident that the organisation has an adequate quality system in place?
  • Are you satisfied that safeguards are in place, e.g. suitable liability insurance and professional indemnity?

Since publication of HSG 264 in 2010, the ABICS scheme mentioned in paragraph 24 has been discontinued. This scheme was specifically designed to certificate individual surveyor competence. There is at present no replacement scheme for individuals. However, surveying organisations of all sizes can demonstrate competence through obtaining UKAS accreditation. In addition, clients can also appoint other organisations or individuals provided they are competent.UKAS inspection logo 

In these situations, clients should seek evidence of competence through obtaining details of qualifications, experience, written quality control procedures and references.

At BCL, we pride ourselves in ensuring our clients receive the highest standard service fully compliant to UKAS standards.


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