Asbestos

  1. Where quotations are based on information provided by the client, any deviations from information received for estimating purposes may result in additional fees, unless a representative of EMS has visited the site.
  2. Our quotation is exclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT) unless stated. VAT will be added to our invoice at the current rate.
  3. No work will commence until a written order has been received by post, email or fax. In some circumstances a verbal instruction may be acceptable. Such an instruction is considered an acceptance of our quotation and these terms & conditions.
  4. Availability of resources, where quoted, is an estimate based on the programme of work in hand at the time of quotation and it should be noted this can vary from day to day. Time slots will not be allocated until an instruction is received. Where the starting date is critical it should be verified at the time of placing an order.
  5. Once a job has been confirmed and a purchase order has been issued and subsequently the job is cancelled at short notice we reserve the right to issue a cancellation charge.
  6. EMS has a commitment of confidentiality to our clients and no information will be shared or placed in the public domain unless the relevant permissions are gained or the information has already been made publicly available by the client. The exception to this is where the inspection body is required by law or authorised by contractual Commitments to release confidential information, the client or individual concerned shall, unless prohibited by law, be notified of the information provided. Information about the client obtained from sources other than the client (e.g. complainant, regulators) shall be treated as confidential.
  7. Permission for access where necessary must be obtained by the client, for example prior to Pre-purchase surveys. Additional charges maybe incurred for standing time related to gaining access to a property.
  8. EMS shall not be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising from actions or omission of the client, his agents, servants and independent contractors. The client will indemnify us and keep us indemnified against all claims, costs, damages and expenses arising from such acts or omissions.
  9. We shall not he held responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising from undertaking of the work required by the client or his agents, and the client will indemnify us and keep us indemnified against all claims, costs, damages and expenses arising from such loss, damage or injury.
  10. Unless otherwise stated the quotation is based on all the conditions of the site being the same as at the time of quotation.
  11. Unless stated, all quotations do not allow for the provision of specialist access equipment that may be required. Access up to 3 m will be provided as standard, along with the provision of hand tools and other surveying equipment as laid out in HSG264.
  12. Additional access equipment that is not included as standard include, but is not limited to, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP), Scaffold towers, coring or other excavation equipment to gain access below concrete slabs and equipment for access into confined spaces. These services can be supplied but this must be agreed at quotation stage.
  13. Access below concrete slabs, subsurface investigation and soil sampling are outside the scope of surveys unless otherwise agreed.
  14. Quotations assume access will be made available to each area. Unreasonable delay may result in areas being omitted from the survey or additional charges per hour per surveyor. If areas cannot be accessed on the prearranged day a revisit charge will be applicable. Unless otherwise stated EMS has not allowed for the excavation of trial holes or testing for asbestos in soils.
  15. Although the utmost care will be taken not to damage materials, localised damaged may be caused during the investigation and/or sampling operations. Unless specifically requested prior to the survey, this will be made ‘safe’ but not necessarily restored. Prior to refurbishment / demolition surveys it is recommended the client is made aware of the intrusive nature of the survey. EMS will assume no specialist arrangements are required for reinstatement and redecoration, any additional work may incur additional cost
  16. Plant and machinery that is not part of the buildings function will not be included in the survey, unless there is a known traditional association with asbestos.
  17. Quotations values are guaranteed for 3 months. After this period, EMS reserve to right to reevaluate the fee.
  18. An invoice will be issued upon completion of the works and EMS operates a strict 30day payment policy. We reserve our statutory right to claim interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under the late payment legislation if we are not paid according to the agreed credit terms. We do not accept payment on a “Pay when paid” basis.

 

Conditions of Contract – Ground Investigation

  1. Quotations are based in part on information provided by the client, unless EMS or an EMS representative has visited the site prior to the survey. If information provided by the client is incorrect or incomplete, this may result in the work undertaken being unsuitable for purpose.
  2. As the work is mainly of an exploratory nature, our quotation may be in the form of a Schedule of Rates. Any estimated total cost given is provided for guidance only and is based on assumed provisional quantities. The final cost and time of completion of an investigation depends upon the conditions found on site at the time of investigation. If we feel it necessary to exceed the initial quote, we will only do so after gaining permission from the client.
  3. EMS cannot guarantee the final depth of boreholes or trial pits. This may be limited by the ground conditions encountered.
  4. Our quotation is exclusive of any allowance for Value Added Tax (VAT). Vat will be added to our invoice at the current rate. Payment of accounts without discount or retention will be required within 30 days of submission.
  5. EMS reserve our statutory right to claim interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under the ‘late payment’ legislation, if we are not paid according to the agreed terms. We do not accept payment on a “Pay when paid” basis.
  6. No work will commence until a written order has been received by post, email or fax. Such order is considered an acceptance of our quotation.
  7. Availability of resources where quoted is an estimate based on the programme of work in hand at the time of quotation. This can vary from day to day. Where the starting date is critical it should be verified at the time of placing an order.
  8. Once a job has been confirmed and a purchase order has been issued and subsequently the job is cancelled at short notice we reserve the right to issue a cancellation charge to cover any abortive work undertaken and any sub-contractor costs incurred.
  9. In the event of our quotation being accepted, the client warrants and undertaken that they have obtained all the necessary certificates, licenses, permits and consents required by Statute or any order or regulation made there under or by any regulation or by-law of any authority or statutory undertaker. Permission for access where necessary must be obtained by the client, for example, prior to pre-purchase surveys.
  10. We shall not be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising from actions or omission of the client, the client’s agents, servants and independent contractors. The client will indemnify us and keep us indemnified against all claims, costs, damages and expenses arising from such acts or omissions.
  11. Unless otherwise stated, the quotation is based on all the conditions of the site being the same as the time of quotation.
  12. Except where specifically stated in our quotation, we make no allowance for: payment of any way leave; for reinstatement, for traffic control, for watching, for lighting or for protection of works. If these prove necessary, the client will be notified and an appropriate charge will be added to the works.
  13. It is the duty of the client to provide all available knowledge regarding underground services to EMS. EMS will take appropriate actions to reduce the risk of our works to underground services, including ensuring that utility plans are obtained from statutory providers (a cost for this will be included in estimates). EMS will not be held responsible for damage to underground services which are known to the client, when this knowledge has not been passed on to EMS.
  14. EMS has a commitment of confidentiality to our clients and no information will be shared or placed in the public domain unless the relevant permissions are gained or the information has already been made publicly available by the client. The exception to this is where EMS is required by law or authorised by contractual Commitments to release confidential information, the client or individual concerned shall, unless prohibited by law, be notified of the information provided. Information about the client obtained from sources other than the client (e.g. complainant, regulators) shall be treated as confidential.
  15. EMS provide client’s borehole and trial pit logs to the British Geological Survey. These are placed on a publicly available database which is of great benefit to the geoscience community. Clients are informed of this at the time of report issue, and are given the opportunity to prohibit the release of logs at this time.