There are three types of asbestos fibre, each with it own
characteristics blue asbestos or crocidolite is the
Inhalation of any of these fibres can cause cancer and other
diseases, at present there is no cure for asbestos related
diseases and and such it is vital to prevent exposure.
Southwest Environmental only carry out the survey element of the
operation, and as such have no preference on the outcome of the
report. (Surveyors affiliated with removal contractors may
have a vested interest in "finding" asbestos on site.)
We produce a detailed comprehensive survey report with photos,
plans (where appropriate) and Test Certificates.
All survey work and testing is conducting in accordance with
Approved HSE Code of Practice (MDHS 100)
There are three types of survey:
Type 1 Asbestos Survey
Location & Assessment Survey
All materials which are not visually identifiable as
non-asbestos are presumed to contain asbestos.
No samples are taken.
Type 2 Asbestos Survey
Standard sampling, Identification &
This is HSE's preferred survey.
This survey positively identifies asbestos containing materials
Representative samples are collected and analysed to confirm or
refute the Surveyor's judgement.
Type 3Asbestos Survey
Full Access Sampling &
Identification Surveys. (Pre-demolition/Major Refurbishment
This survey locates and describes all ACMs in the building
and may involve destructive inspection to gain access to all
areas. A full sampling programme is undertaken.
SWEL can also offer advise on asbestos
management. Creating an Asbestos Management Plan that is specific to
your site, bringing your company on to