Summit Environmental become CHAS Accredited

Summit Environmental recently applied for CHAS accreditation, today we received our certificate!!

For those not in construction, what exactly is CHAS accreditation?

CHAS Accreditation

CHAS stands for the:

  • Contractors
  • Health and Safety
  • Assessment
  • Scheme

What does CHAS do?

The purpose of CHAS is to help both buyers and suppliers in the assessment of health and safety competence.

How do you get CHAS?

CHAS undertook a rigorous vetting process in which our health and safety procedures and our track record for safe practice were examined.

Our Commitment?

Our CHAS accreditation confirms our commitment to Heath and safety by completing annual assessments showing we are maintaining the high levels of health and safety management required and affirms our dedication towards maintaining good health and safety standards.

For more information on our accreditation, asbestos or hazardous material testing, consultancy or risk management contact us at



Compliance with The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR, 2012)

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR, 2012)

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 covers work with asbestos, and licensing of asbestos-removal activities. Regulation 4 contains an explicit duty on the owners and occupiers of non-domestic premises, who have maintenance and repair responsibilities, to assess and manage the risks from the presence of asbestos.

The ‘duty to manage asbestos’ requirements of regulation 4 of CAR 2012 do not normally apply to domestic premises. However, the requirements do apply to common parts of premises, including housing developments and blocks of flats. Examples of common parts would include foyers, corridors, and lifts and lift shafts, staircases, boiler houses, vertical risers, gardens, yards and outhouses.

What is the Duty?

The duty requires you to manage the risk from asbestos by:
 Finding out if there is asbestos in the premises (or assessing if ACMs are liable to be present and making a presumption that materials contain asbestos, unless you have strong evidence that they do not), its location and what condition it is in;
 Making and keeping an up-to-date record of the location and condition of the ACMs or presumed ACMs in your premises;
 Assessing the risk from the material;
 Preparing a plan that sets out in detail how you are going to manage the risk from this material;
 Taking the steps needed to put your plan into action;
 Reviewing and monitoring your plan and the arrangements made to put it in place; and
 Setting up a system for providing information on the location and condition of the material to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb it.

How do dutyholder’s comply?

There are four essential steps:
 Find out whether the premises contain asbestos, and, if so, where it is and what condition it is in. If in doubt, materials must be presumed to contain asbestos
 Assess the risk from asbestos present in the premises
 Make a plan to manage that risk and act on it
 Provide this information to other employers (eg building contractors) who are likely to disturb any asbestos present, so that they can put in place appropriate control while the work is being done.

Summit Environmental….your partner in asbestos compliance!

We can guide you through your asbestos management process and help you comply with your legal obligations.
 Asbestos surveys – identify asbestos in your premises by way of completing surveys; management, refurbishment or demolition.
 Asbestos management plans – develop and implement and effective plan to ensure you are managing your asbestos effectively.
 Asbestos re-inspections – following identification of asbestos materials, we complete annual re-inspections and monitor and report on the asbestos previously identified.
 Training – asbestos awareness, management training and CPD sessions
 Asbestos remediation scoping, tendering and remediation management – Once identified, we will advise you on the best way to deal with asbestos in the most efficient, safe and cost-effective way.

What is ‘asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’?

What is ‘asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’?

Some Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) are more vulnerable to damage and therefore more likely to release fibres than others. ACM’s which are in good condition, sealed and/or repaired are unlikely to be disturbed and can be left in situ. When ACM’s are disturbed, they are likely to release airborne fibres which can then pose a risk to health.

The term ‘asbestos abatement’ is used to refer to procedures that are used to control fibre release from asbestos containing materials in a building, or to remove the materials entirely. Remediation can include removal, encapsulation by way of over boarding or encasement and finally repair.
‘Asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’ is a specialist service and should only be undertaken by competent contractors.

How do you know the company you are appointing is competent?

Damaged asbestos or a legacy issue?

Many removal jobs in the past were not carried out to a high specification and quantities of asbestos debris may remain in an area supposedly now free of asbestos. A number of buildings are also still requiring surveys, once identified asbestos management and often remediation is required.

Summit Environmental and Asbestos Remediation Management

Managing an asbestos repair or removal contract can be a time-consuming and complex business. We work for our clients and ensure we provide appropriate guidance to our client. Our advice and consultancy services can be based around;

• Enabling and Planning – Writing asbestos removal specifications and tender documentation, completing tenders and appointment of approved Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractors (LARC’s). This can also include audits and vetting of method statements and plans of work.

• During – Full site management and supervision of contractors, with provision of UKAS accredited asbestos fibre air monitoring.

• On completion – We can update asbestos registers following works and complete site audits and investigations.

Contact us at Summit Environmental if you have asbestos that needs management, remediation management during removal or any of our bespoke services above.

Asbestos surveys

What is asbestos surveying?

What is asbestos surveying?
The purpose of an asbestos survey is to help manage asbestos in the duty holder’s premises. The survey has to provide sufficient information for an asbestos register and plan to be prepared, a suitable risk assessment to be carried out and a written plan to manage the risks to be produced.

What is an asbestos survey?
An asbestos survey is a visual inspection of a property or premises for asbestos, samples may need to be taken to identify is materials contain asbestos.

What are the types of asbestos survey?
There are two main types of asbestos survey to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) within properties;

Management Survey
The purpose of an asbestos management survey is to manage ACM’s during the normal occupation and use of premises.
A Management Survey aims to ensure that:
• Nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment
• That the ACM’s remain in good condition
• That nobody disturbs it accidentally
The Survey must locate ACM’s 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.

Refurbishment / Demolition Survey
The Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys are required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.
A Refurbishment / demolition Survey aims to ensure that:
• Nobody will be harmed by work on ACM’s in the premises or equipment
• Such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way
The asbestos survey must locate and identify all ACM’s before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises. It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance.

Do you know if you have asbestos in your premises? Contact Summit Environmental to find out.


What is asbestos and why is it dangerous?


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and was widely used in the construction of buildings. Asbestos was included in a huge number of construction products, for a very diverse range of uses, often centred around fireproofing or insulation purposes.

Is asbestos not a historical problem?

Asbestos is still widely present today. Potentially any building built or refurbished before the year 2000, may contain Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s). Do you know if your building contains Asbestos Containing Materials?


When asbestos containing materials are damaged or deteriorate with age, they can release fibres into the air. The shape and size of the fibres released enables them to penetrate deep into the lungs. Once they reach the lungs they can lead to asbestos related diseases, such as;

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening
  • Asbestos related lung cancer


Having as asbestos survey completed can identify if asbestos is present within your premises. Identification, by way of sampling and assessment of materials within a building that may contain asbestos, can reduce the risk of damage occurring to materials that may present. Once identified, any materials identified that contain asbestos should be recorded and monitored on an asbestos register. This greatly reduces the risk of a potential exposure to asbestos by occupants of the premises.

Asbestos identification by way of asbestos survey


Summit Environmental Limited can complete asbestos management surveys, asbestos refurbishment surveys and asbestos demolition surveys to locate materials that may contain asbestos in your premises.