Asbestos Surveying

It should be one of the first processes that are conducted in case of any asbestos removal action. Proper asbestos surveying allows for precise identification of potential asbestos containing materials and gives the surveyor a general idea of how laborious and time-consuming it will be to get rid of that chemical. More importantly, though, it allows for a proper identification of asbestos and its condition which is crucial for the subsequent choice of tools and strategy. There are two most common kinds of surveys that are usually carried out prior to the asbestos removal procedure. Read on to learn all about them. Click here for a list of areas covered.

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Types of Surveys

Management Survey

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 activities 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 the case of a 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

Why is conducting a survey necessary?

If disturbed, asbestos fibres easily become airborne which is genuinely the worst-case scenario. Inhaling them could have grave health consequences which do not have to appear right after the first contact. More often they are delayed by even 40 years which often leads to shortening the life expectancy for people living in the areas which are particularly affected by asbestos. That is why it is so terribly important to remember about running a necessary survey to locate the potential asbestos containing materials and get rid of them before it is too late.

Sampling

Survey is often connected with sampling, which, in turn, is yet another step of the process. It is all about testing the condition of the material and concluding whether its disposal is actually crucial. Sometimes it is better to let the sleeping dogs lie and if asbestos does not pose a threat and is regularly controlled, it does not always have to be removed in a rush. However, if it turns out that the asbestos in your dwelling needs a momentary action, sampling will help us estimate the cost of the works and the accompanied risk.

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 the 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 work, 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.

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