Asbestos Surveys – important information

If you require an asbestos survey for your next project Downwell can also provide surveying services as well as removal.

The purpose of Asbestos Surveys

  • To help manage asbestos in your premises.
  • To provide accurate information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos- containing materials (ACMs).
  • To assess the level of damage or deterioration in the ACMs and whether
    remedial action is required.
  • To use the survey information to prepare a record of the location of any
    asbestos, commonly called an asbestos register,* and an asbestos plan of the
  • To help identify all the ACMs to be removed before refurbishment work or demolition.

Key points

  • Be aware that the survey is essential for the client/dutyholder to successfully
    manage asbestos.
  • All asbestos should be located as far as reasonably practicable within the
    survey type.
  • Ensure that the appropriate survey is undertaken for the client’s needs.
  • Avoid caveats.
  • Ensure the survey is reported in a format that can be used to prepare an
  • asbestos register and building plan.
  • Inform the client that the survey is not the end point in managing asbestos.

Detailed information on Asbestos Surveys can be obtained by downloading HSE guidelines.

There is also a lot of information relating to asbestos at

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Large amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used for a wide range of construction purposes in new and refurbished buildings until 1999 when all use of asbestos was banned. This extensive use means that there are still many
buildings in Great Britain which contain asbestos.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

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