Surveys and advice for small business owners, homeowners,
Landlords and Tenants
We can advise on any asbestos related issues but we specialise in dealing with those hoping to purchase or rent a house, flat or small business premises, but are concerned that asbestos may be present within the property. Alternatively, you may already own a house, flat or small business premises and are concerned that asbestos is present or has been disturbed.
All surveys are carried out in line with the Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note HSG264. To arrange a survey of your property, please use the contact form.
Sampling & Analysis
We can provide sampling and analysis of suspect materials or a full building survey. Any samples taken are analysed by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory. We can advise on the safest way to deal with any identified asbestos containing materials, and if necessary, arrange for it to be safely repaired or removed. Please use the contact form.
Asbestos Consultancy & Advice for your area
EEC Ltd was founded in 2001 and we have extensive experience in all areas of asbestos related issues. Our Consultants hold the BOHS Certificate of Competence in asbestos and other fibres and our surveyors, as a minimum, hold the BOHS P402 Buildings Surveys and Bulk Sampling for Asbestos qualification. We offer independent advice, please use the contact form.
How we Operate
- From this information we can best advise on whether sampling of suspect materials only is required, or whether a full survey is necessary. We can also discuss at this point the extent of the survey to be carried out, ie, whether carpets can be lifted (in order to gain access to hidden floor covering) and whether intrusive works are required (ie, if gas appliance are to be removed, it may require the services of a qualified gas fitter to disconnect the gas supply prior to the survey. It is common to find asbestos containing materials above and behind gas appliances).
Once it has been agreed in writing (or an email) which service is required, a date and time for the site visit can be arranged. This often involves arranging a convenient time with the current occupant of the building or key holder. These arrangements usually need to be carried out by the person commissioning the survey, as permission for the surveyor to enter the premises needs to be agreed by the property owner and the tenant or agent responsible. It is important to stress at this point that, in the case of a full survey, access to all areas of the property will be needed in order to carry out a thorough survey.
The site visit will then be carried out. The duration of the site visit will depend on whether sampling of only one or two suspect material has been agreed (up to half an hour) or whether a full survey is being carried out (typically up to two hours for a three bedroom semi-detached house). The full survey will usually involve the drawing of the layout of the property, sampling of suspect materials, photographs and the duration of the survey is dependent on the age and complexity of the building and whether intrusive works are to be carried out.
Once the site visit has been carried out, any samples taken are submitted to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis. Typically, it will take three to five days for samples to be analysed and certificate of analysis to be issued. At this point, the certificate can be issued to you if sampling only has been carried out. If a full survey has been carried out, it will usually take another three to five days to issue a full report to you.
- The certificate of analysis or survey report is normally issued with the invoice for the works, and these can be issued as hard copies (posted to you) or in electronic format (using a pdf file). Once you have had a chance to read the certificate of analysis or survey report, we will then be happy to talk you through the safest procedures for dealing with any identified asbestos containing materials, whether that involves leaving the identified material in situ, provided that it is likely to remain undisturbed, or whether the services of a contractor licensed to work with asbestos will be required, to make safe any damaged asbestos containingmaterials, or to have the materials removed.