Types of surveys:
It is usually a rather non-obtrusive kind of process that is aimed at locating the asbestos containing materials and predicting the amount of work connected with it. It is necessary to perform such action in order to make sure that the chemical will not be released into the air as a consequence of a day to day activity.
Refurbishment and Demolition survey
It is done before attempting any major refurbishment or demolition works. Similarly, as in case of management survey, this type of scrutiny is arranged in order to make sure that significant changes in the construction of the building will not trigger the noxious asbestos fibres. It is especially important to have it done because very often asbestos is well-hidden and conducting any significant refurbishments in old buildings may carry a risk.
Combination of Management and Demolition/Refurbishment survey
Asbestos survey – what is it?
It is a survey which aim is to help people manage asbestos in their dwelling and ensure detailed information about asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), i.e. about their location, condition, as well as quantity (as defined in HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide).
An asbestos survey
A thorough survey should give enough data to be able to formulate not only an asbestos register, but also a risk assessment and asbestos management plan.
What can you find out thanks to an asbestos survey?
There are several issues that an asbestos survey will help you determine:
- Where asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are placed within your building?
- What is the type of asbestos they are made of?
- What is the condition of these materials?
Should I have an asbestos survey done?
Owners of commercial (i.e. non-residential) properties are actually required to ensure the safety of people dwelling in the given place; therefore it is obligatory to have an asbestos survey conducted. To non-domestic properties belong premises such as: offices, any retail business premises or industrial properties.
This principle concerns all the buildings that were erected prior to 2000s and is in the effect in whole UK. Please, bear in mind that such a survey has to be carried also when the building was previously inspected and surveyed. Once a year, a householder should contact a licensed surveyor and have their premises re-inspected.
Important information for owners of the commercial properties (or people in charge of them): note that failing to manage asbestos may result in facing prosecution.
Asbestos survey requirements:
There should be a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey conducted prior to any refurbishment or demolition works, to ascertain that no person involved in works with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) is put at risk. Keep in mind that it is a legal requirement that cannot be ignored.
It is strongly advised to use UKAS Accredited ISO 17020 Asbestos Surveyors.