Refurbishing and the Asbestos Refurbishment Survey

In order to locate any dangerous asbestos carrying materials before the refurbishment is attempted an asbestos refurbishment survey is required by law under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2012. The survey is intrusive and must cover each area designated for refurbishment. The survey is carried out before refurbish begins, and the survey must be carried out by a trained surveyor. It ensures the safety of those working on the building and the prompt commencement of the work of the contractor.

Why You Need the Survey

At Blue A LTD we remind you that asbestos when it’s disturbed, causes hazardous fibres to become airborne. If your building was built prior to 2000 it is possible it contains asbestos carrying materials (ACM), and all buildings are subject to the asbestos refurbishment survey. You are required under law to remove all ACMs. Failure to manage your asbestos problem can result in prosecution and possible imprisonment. If you are unsure of any steps you need to take in the procedure, contact a licensed professional for clarification.

How You Can Help

The survey causes an asbestos disturbance, so the premises must be vacant until certified as fit for habitation. Blue A LTD advises that you provide your surveyor with as much information as you can about your building. The surveyor needs information on specifications, plans, layout and drawings to perform an accurate report. If there was previous asbestos work done, the history of that work is beneficial for your survey professional. Provide keys, and point out any suspected hazards, and ensure safe access to all areas of the building.

The Report

The survey report will pinpoint all the locations of ACMs, and the extent of the ACM contamination. The report also states if there is a probability for danger in removing the contamination. If there are areas inaccessible to the surveyor where he cannot acquire samples, it is presumed those areas do contain ACMs. The report must be filed with the local office of your Construction and Design Coordinator (CDM).

Your CDM is qualified and licensed professionals in health and safety standards, and their job is to advise you on health and safety issues that arise from the refurbishing of your building. They have the knowledge, skills and experience to guide you successfully through each stage of the project from planning to construction including communications with proper authorities and construction professionals.