Until 1999, asbestos was widely used for an extensive range of construction purposes in both new and refurbished buildings. Asbestos was also used for building and electrical insulation due to its resistance to fire and durability. The toxicity of asbestos and its threat to human health resulted in the hazardous material being heavily restricted and even banned since the 1980s.
This extensive use means that there are still many commercial, industrial and residential buildings that contain asbestos, especially if they were refurbished or built before 2000.
When ACM (asbestos-containing materials) are damaged, the fibres can be released into the air, which results in severe health risks to workers or building occupants from inhalation or exposure. For your safety, it is important that asbestos is removed. But, before asbestos removal can be carried out, our surveyors have to conduct an asbestos risk assessment. Here’s everything you need to know regarding an asbestos survey.
An asbestos survey is undertaken within a residential, industrial or commercial property, building or structure with the purpose of identifying ACM. This survey is crucial to establish what type of asbestos materials are present and how much. For the survey, we will conduct a thorough inspection of the premises and gather enough information for a risk assessment and asbestos management plan.
The survey is going to involve sampling and assessment to confirm the absence or presence of asbestos-containing materials and what type of asbestos. The samples that our surveyors will collect during the survey will be sent to the laboratory to be examined.
Our detailed survey is going to tell you:
– The type of asbestos
– The location
– The quantity
– The condition
– Further action required (if any)
Asbestos surveys can be divided into two types :
Management survey – The purpose of an asbestos management survey is to detect the presence of ACM which could be disturbed or damaged during normal occupancy, by foreseeable maintenance, or by the installation of new pipes, equipment or cabling, and so on. Our report is going to demonstrate the condition, location, volume and type of asbestos present in your property.
Refurbishment/demolition survey – An asbestos demolition and refurbishment survey is required before any demolition or renovation work is carried out. The survey will identify and locate all ACM before any structural work begins. During the survey, the area must be vacated. Before you can start to use the site again, you will need a certification guaranteeing the site is fit for renovation or reoccupation. We will provide you with this certificate after the completion of our survey.
Asbestos assessments are a worthwhile investment to prevent any potential harm to yourself or the occupants of the building. You must only trust licensed and professional asbestos surveyors like us because asbestos is an extremely hazardous material. Moreover, after the survey is complete, you can count on us to help you with asbestos management and removal if ACM is found.
If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will walk you through the entire process.