The location and management of asbestos is assessed during the standard Asbestos Management Surveys while Demolition or Refurbishment Surveys are undertaken in areas where demolitions or major refurbishments will be taking place. In order for an asbestos removal project to comply with legal and safety requirements and to ensure that it is effectively removed from a contaminated area an asbestos survey should be undertaken by certified asbestos surveyors. Management surveys are usually minimally intrusive causing little disruption whereas conversely Demolition or Refurbishment Surveys are very disruptive and intrusive as all likely locations of asbestos need to be included. asbestos survey
Dealing with asbestos removal can be labour intensive, costly, messy and hazardous to one’s health hence it is best to have an appropriate survey conducted to ensure that a particular project is approached in the correct way. Experts in asbestos survey services are familiar with the likely locations of asbestos and can therefore save time and money. These asbestos surveying experts are qualified professionals who are well trained in assessing where the asbestos containing material is located, what type it is, how much is present and what condition it’s in. Detecting the presence of asbestos will require sample collection followed by the relevant laboratory testing. Once a laboratory has confirmed that asbestos is present decisions need to be made regarding the management of the asbestos as it may be safer to leave the materials if there is no airborne contamination.
When conducting surveys, experts will also consider the safe disposal of asbestos waste and debris including bagging and identification in addition to safe transport methods and locations for authorised disposal. Site preparation e.g. designated entry and exit points to the area as well as protective clothing requirements are all factors to consider when asbestos surveying is undertaken. A typical survey report will contained a detailed site description and floor plan, a summary of asbestos incidence, some recommendations and risk assessments in addition to providing a register of asbestos containing materials as supported by laboratory test results. Areas excluded from the survey as well as materials found not to contain asbestos are also usually indicated.
Following the identification of asbestos containing materials the next step is to determine whether the route of action would be to seal or contain the asbestos and leave it undisturbed or to have it removed. In the event that asbestos contamination is detected the area has to be sealed off for cleaning and removal by an accredited asbestos removal company and all relevant parties with access to the area need to be informed. Since it is naturally occurring we can never entirely remove it from our environment but consulting asbestos surveying experts will allow us to co-exist with asbestos without the negative impact on our health.