Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Heatherwood Risk Management can offer expert, independent advice on the following:

• Work with asbestos cement (AC) (non-licensed)
• Strictly controlled minor work on Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB)
• Safe work with undamaged asbestos materials
• Containment, removal and replacement of other asbestos containing materials
• Fly-tipped ACM waste
• Equipment and method sheets
Asbestos surveys/Formal reviews

We provide Asbestos management Surveys as well as Demolition/Refurbishment Surveys.

Both surveys constitute a full report on location and types of ACMs (asbestos containing materials), including photographic identification of materials present.

We can then provide you with a comprehensive Asbestos Management Strategy for building duty holders. This strategy includes detailed advice on removal or containment options and can help you to manage the associated risks of each, including associated legal documentation, risk management and, if necessary, selecting a suitable, proficient contractor to carry out the work.

We do not undertake physical asbestos removal or containment ourselves. However, we can independently advise you as to your environmental and legal responsibilities relating to each option, without prejudice, ensuring that you are not pressured by asbestos removal contractors to remove asbestos containing materials (ACMs) unnecessarily.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2012, are intended to make compliance and enforcement a far simpler process. If you are the owner of commercial or business premises and don't yet have a formal review of the asbestos containing materials in your property, then you are not compliant with the regulations.


The more friable a material is, the more likely it will release asbestos fibres when worked on and the greater the risk of exposure. Work which disturbs more friable materials e.g. asbestos insulation will tend to be Notifiable Non-Licensed Work (NNLW) and will require notification to the HSE.

Work which disturbs the least friable materials e.g. asbestos cement can normally be treated as Non-Licensed Work (NLW) and does not need to be notified to the HSE.

Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) where the asbestos is coated, covered or contained within another material, such as cement, paint or plastic are considered to be firmly bonded in a matrix, ACMs of this type in good condition can usually be treated as NLW but where they are significantly damaged, and so more likely to release fibres, they will need to be treated as NNLW.

The material's condition:

Has the material been damaged or is it in poor condition? – removal of ACMs in poor condition e.g. due to flood or fire damage, will normally need to be treated as NNLW; and Will the materials' matrix be destroyed when worked on? – e.g. deteriorating textured decorative coatings e.g. 'Artex' with gel or steam to remove it, will normally need to be treated as NNLW.  

NNLW materials will be notified to the HSE however these materials can be removed by a non-licensed contractor however the materials must be taken by a licensed carrier to a licensed tip.

NLW materials will not be notified to the HSE and these materials can be removed by a non-licensed contractor. Similarly the materials must be taken by a licensed carrier to a licensed tip.

Contact us now for independent, impartial advice.