Asbestos Surveys at the Environment Agency – A Case Study

Below you will find details of our project around delivering asbestos surveys for the Enviornment Agency.


The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 places an explicit duty on the owners and occupiers to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos.

The scope of the works required was to carry out asbestos management surveys to positively identify asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Samples were required to be taken where safe access was possible to confirm the type, extent and condition of asbestos present. Asbestos management surveys were required to be carried out by a UKAS accredited organisation in accordance with ISO 17020. Sample testing was required to be carried out by a UKAS accredited laboratory in accordance with ISO 17025.

An asbestos register with associated material risk assessments were required to be created together with associated plans of the Site.


How we delivered their asbestos surveys

Putting together a detailed survey programme for client approval was the easy part. Having surveyors based in Northampton and Leeds gave us the capability for flexible deployment across the Anglian region.

Each Environment Agency site has unique hazards associated. As such site specific plans of works and risk assessments were required to be collated prior to attending each site. The risk assessments were required to be detailed in their approach in working within a high risk water environment. This was compounded by the added risks associated with one of the worst winters for flooding in recent history (Winter 2013 / 2014). Liaising with the local Asset teams (Northern, Central & Eastern) the surveys were completed in a suitable and efficient manner.

To ensure all accessible areas could be inspected a competent electrical engineer was present at each site to isolate electrical installations. This enabled the asbestos surveying team to inspect critical river control equipment. Once the site surveys were completed, asbestos survey reports were produced in a Client specific format, with remediation budgets and recommendations.

100% satisfaction

It was an Environment Agency requirement to complete and record permission to work documentation for each site. This documentation was a permit to work system and an assessment of the asbestos surveying team by the appropriate Environment Agency representative. This documentation was to be submitted for final sign off of contract.

Acorn Analytical Services achieved 100% satisfaction in results.

All planned and additional surveys were completed on time and within budget. Environment Agency now has detailed information and future budget costs to progress their asbestos management across the Anglian region.


Since working with Acorn they have exceeded the council’s expectations with their high standards and innovative working methods.

– Fiona Price (Asbestos Officer)