Why Asbestos Surveys are Important
Asbestos still remains a leading problem and health hazard in many household and commercial buildings. The best way to monitor and control asbestos materials is through proper asbestos management. Asbestos management can only be properly established based on an accurate and reliable asbestos survey.
Asbestos surveying refers to the assessment and detection of asbestos-containing materials within buildings. You will be required to have an asbestos survey conducted if you own or manage non-domestic buildings that have been built prior to the year 2000. The frequency of surveys will depend on the previous survey results. The surveys are usually re-conducted annually, and if your building has been assessed to have asbestos, appropriate actions should be conducted after the survey.
There are different types of surveys, namely management surveys and refurbishment and demolition surveys. Management surveys are the least intrusive surveys; these are conducted for the sole purpose of monitoring and managing asbestos within a property or building. Management surveys are needed in order to ensure that properties or buildings remain safe and asbestos-free throughout periods of occupancy.
Refurbishment and demolition surveys are extensive and aggressive surveys that are conducted as a requirement before any refurbishment, renovation, or demolition is done. Asbestos-containing materials may release asbestos particles during the process of demolition or refurbishment, so it is imperative for building owners to have the property surveyed meticulously to accurately assess the risk level and come up with an appropriate asbestos management plan and precautionary measures that will be carried out during the demolition process.
The length and extent of the surveys may also vary depending on the building age, size, and structure. Surveyors commonly face visibility issues that can make the surveying process tricky and difficult.