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Building control were asking for an SBEM report and an on-construction EPC. The building was finished but not fitted out and the tenant was due in five days. Certificates took 12 hours, BC signed off and the tenant was in on schedule. Thanks again!

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ACM Surveying In The Bristol Area

Bristol Asbestos Removal In ProgressAsbestos is responsible for the deaths of approximately 5000 workers every year, a figure higher than the total amount of people killed on the roads. Asbestos can be present in any building built, renovated or refurbished before the year 2000 when the use of asbestos as a building material became illegal in the UK. However, it is not uncommon to uncover ‘rogue’ building materials used illegally several years after the ban in 2000. The duty of managing potential exposure to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) is the legal responsibility of the Duty Holder, and extremely heavy penalties can be incurred if such responsibilities are ignored. The starting point for meeting legal requirements for most duty holders is to commission an Asbestos Management Survey. This survey is a non-intrusive inspection that is written up in a short report containing an asbestos register and lab results of any samples collected (if required) and an approved risk assessment. If no ACMs are present then this will be written up in the summary section and no further action is required.

What Are They And Why Do I Need One?

An Asbestos Management Survey (see HSE guidance here) is required by the duty holder of non-domestic buildings that are likely to contain asbestos – as a general guide, this includes any building built before the year 2000. The purpose of the survey is to ensure that:

  1. nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of Asbestos Containing Material(s) (ACM) in the premises or equipment
  2. that the ACM remain in good condition
  3. that nobody disturbs it accidentally

The survey must locate ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment. It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment. This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air. Our reports contain:

  • Asbestos register
  • Risk assessment & recommendations
  • Laboratory Certificates  (optional)
  • Site Plan (optional)

Producing a compliant survey is a highly specialised process which must only be undertaken by a p402 competent surveyor.  Only an experienced surveyor will be properly able to determine the presence of ACMs and provide recommendations on their associated risk. Crucially, a properly undertaken survey allows for the formulation of an appropriate Asbestos Management Plan and an Asbestos Register to address and rectify any risks from ACMs that are identified during the survey. Our surveys are often requested by Solicitors and Estate Agents in Bristol as a component of a property transfer/lease registration. Increasingly, Pension Fund Managers have been asking for a copy of the survey prior to including a commercial building within a SIP.

Surveyors For Bristol Management Survey Reporting Requirements

We provide surveys in Bristol and the surrounding region. We also provide consultancy if you require guidance or clarification on your legal responsibilities.  By closely following the guidelines as set out by the Health and Safety Executive document HSE265  our approach to surveying is legally compliant, consistent and impartial. Underpinned by our high-quality reporting, sampling and analysis procedures, our management report will provide you with a minimum of an asbestos register, a risk assessment of existing ACMs and recommendations for action the removal or management of any ACMs.

Contact us to arrange an appointment with our in-house surveyor, surveys take between one and two hours to complete, the reports are often completed on the same day and are delivered via email in .pdf format.

As required by law, any samples collected are analysed by an HKAS accredited laboratory, with official laboratory certificates provided as evidence.

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Corrugated Roof Asbestos from a management survey in Bristol

As an experienced surveyor in Bristol, we are always aware of current and pending developments in the world of asbestos control and removal. With legislation, planning requirements or guidelines frequently updated, our surveys and reports reflect the most recent legislation, risk assessments and recommendations helping to make sure that you are fully informed on any risks and obligations you are responsible for managing.

We are also able to offer advice on how to produce your Asbestos Management Plan and how to maintain an Asbestos Register as is legally required for any Duty Holder responsible for commercial buildings.


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Freeman Surveying Ltd

Ground Floor
69 Downend Rd
BS16 5BD

0117 911 0488

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 – 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 19:00
Thursday 09:00 – 19:00
Friday 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday 09:00 – 19:00


Accredited Energy Assessors

Freeman Surveying ltd are accredited to undertake and deliver Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates for level 3, 4 ans 5 commercial buildings. This includes Dynamic Simulation Models (DSM), BRUKL (SBEM Calculations) and Display Energy Certificates for public buildings. Freeman Surveying are also P402 qualified to undertake Asbestos Management Surveys. Our accreditation covers England, Wales and Scotland.