What is an asbestos survey?
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 is everything you need to know regarding an asbestos survey.
Our detailed survey is going to tell you:
–> The type of asbestos
–> The location
–> The quantity
–> The condition
Commercial Asbestos Survey
Commercial asbestos surveys are carried out on all non-domestic properties including retail outlets, schools, hospitals, offices, hotels, movie theatres, pubs, warehouses, factories and so on. Management asbestos surveys and renovation/demolition asbestos surveys are carried out on commercial properties, along with re-inspection asbestos surveys. The surveys are carried out according to the guidelines of HSE and commercial buildings have a legal duty to include their surveys to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
Domestic Asbestos Survey
Domestic asbestos surveys are primarily of two types – management & location surveys and pre-demolition/pre-major refurbishment surveys. The first one is used for the location and management of asbestos within a residential or domestic property. The survey is non-intrusive and does not cause any major disruptions. The latter is an intrusive survey and every aspect of the home or residential building is inspected closely to make sure that any demolition or refurbishment work is going to be safe. Even though undertaking asbestos surveys is not a legal requirement in a private dwelling, but we strongly recommend it for the protection of your health from asbestos exposure.