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What are Asbestos surveys and why do we need them?
If you work in construction, it is the law for you to know about asbestos and its risks. Asbestos is an incredibly dangerous material and can have a detrimental effect on those working in the construction industry, as well as those in other industries.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a highly heat-resistant mineral and can be woven into fabrics. It is most commonly used in fire-resistant products as well as insulating materials.
Asbestos is still very much prevalent now, with industrial or residential buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, containing the material.
Now we understand the material a bit more, what precautions are in place to try and tackle the damaging effects?
Before working in an environment where asbestos-containing materials may be present, it is important that you are able to identify what type of asbestos is present, and in what condition it is in.
Individuals responsible for a building that contains Asbestos should be able to advise where the asbestos is, and in what condition. If this information is absent, surveys are used to locate any asbestos-containing materials and take samples to be analysed.
Types of surveys on offer, and when you would need one
Management surveys are used to manage materials containing asbestos during normal use of a building, such as a home or office block.
The aim of this kind of Survey is so no harm comes to anyone around the material, and that it stays in a good condition.
The survey looks to locate any asbestos within the building in useable areas and assesses the condition of the material.
Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys
These are required when all or some of a building containing asbestos needs upgrading, refurbished or demolished.
The aim of this kind of Survey is again so no harm comes to anyone working on the premises. The survey locates all the asbestos-containing materials allowing for the safe removal by licensed contractors, before any structural work starts.
At Abbott Rose Consulting, we can provide you with the best advice and guidance on all things asbestos, please get in touch for more information.