No prior asbestos management survey and asbestos has been identified: What do you do now?

If you have plans for your home that involve builders coming in to do some work, you may have heard that some buildings such as yours can contain asbestos – and surveys need to be conducted before anything further is done.

You may have taken a small look into it yourself, but are unsure of the level of asbestos-containing materials lying behind your fireplace, windows, ceiling, walls and other areas.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as well as the building and construction industry, always instruct property owners or duty holders to arrange for an asbestos survey Manchester to be conducted by a qualified and experienced asbestos removal company that specialise in asbestos removal services.

Asbestos likelihood

The likelihood of discovering asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within buildings constructed before the 2000s cannot be ignored – even if the last type of asbestos in construction was banned over two decades ago.

Today, at least a million documented domestic properties and half a million commercial properties have traces of ACMs within them. This material can be easily disturbed, releasing hazardous fibre dust particles into the breathable air. Even minor renovation works such as drilling or hammering can result in slight damage to ACMs.

Vital steps

The first step that needs to be taken in all instances of asbestos exposure / damage is to stop any work immediately and clear the area of anyone. If you have disturbed asbestos and have traces of dust or debris on your clothing, you should wipe them down with a damp cloth and dispose of them in a sealed bag labelled as asbestos waste, along with any clothing contaminated with asbestos dust or fibres.

Under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, the duty to manage, an experienced and certified asbestos surveying contractor must carry out a building inspection, known as an asbestos management survey before any building work can commence.

It is a non-intrusive procedure where samples are taken for asbestos testing at an accredited laboratory for analysis to determine the presence and condition of the material. This will determine also if the ACMs can be either encapsulated and managed or require immediate removal.


If full removal of asbestos is required, it must be an accredited specialist in asbestos removal Manchester, with regulations stating that any asbestos waste is properly packaged, labelled, stored in a clearly labelled and lockable skip and / or transported to an accredited waste station for asbestos disposal.

Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today for an asbestos management plan, asbestos removal Cheshire, or for any type of asbestos compliance.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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