Asbestos Management Survey

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The aim of the management asbestos survey is to locate and identify theĀ presence of asbestos within the fabric of a building as far as reasonably practicable.

This is to help prevent people inadvertently disturbing the material, which may create a health risk to themselves and others. Typically, people most at risk are trades people who may have to disturb the asbestos or other surfaces from time to time. This includes plumbers, electricians, data cablers, telephone engineers, etc.

During an asbestos survey, the surveyor will look closely at each aspect of the building with a view to identifying materials suspected as containing asbestos.

Asbestos was used in a wide range of building products and with excellent insulation & fire-protective properties it can be found in the most unexpected places.

Previous refurbishment work in the past may be hiding other surfaces that contain asbestos and for this reason, the surveyor will need to look into suspended ceiling voids, behind doors and into service risers where possible.

If the surveyor cannot access these areas, the area will be presumed to contained asbestos.

Also, if it cannot be conclusively proven that certain materials do not contain asbestos, then they too will be presumed to contain asbestos.

All such materials need to be logged and their condition has to be assessed.

It is only possible to confirm or refute the presumption that a material contains asbestos by taking a small sample at or shortly after the time of the survey.

The new regulations mean that the surveyor now has to sample certain materials where presumption of asbestos presence could cause the duty holderĀ inconvenience or additional expense later.

Our experienced surveying team has the knowledge and skill to know when it is appropriate to sample a material in order to rule out the presence of asbestos rather than to confirm that asbestos is present, thus saving time and expense in the future.

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