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Which Asbestos Survey Do I Need?
By: Asbestos Audit
Asbestos is dangerous because the fibres are too large to be broken down by the body, so when they're breathed in, they become stuck in our lungs. Asbestos exposure is directly linked to:
• Lung cancer
Did you know that there are three asbestos survey types in in the UK? If you're unsure which you should be using, we're here to help.
There are three types of asbestos survey
The asbestos survey type you require depends upon many different things, including if you're planning to do work on the property, are aware of any previous reports for the property, and if you're demolishing all or parts of the building. Surveys can also be interlinked to include more than one if major works are commencing.
• Management asbestos surveys
• Refurbishment asbestos surveys
• Demolition asbestos surveys
Management asbestos surveys
A management survey is a standard survey, previously known as Type 2. The management asbestos survey is used for managing asbestos in a building where no works are being carried out. Here, the purpose is to locate asbestos material – as far as reasonably practicable – which may have been disturbed. Samples are taken to identify the easily accessible materials, causing minimal damage to a building.
Areas surveyed would typically include underfloor coverings, above false ceilings, and inside risers, service ducts, and lift shafts, among others.
Refurbishment surveys are fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection to get to areas that aren't easy to access. Legally, these should be carried out before any intrusive work or maintenance that might be carried out.
Refurbishment surveys are only required for areas where planned work will disturb the fabric of the building where a management survey hasn't been intrusive, avoiding carrying out any damage to other parts. The decision of whether to carry out a refurbishment survey should be made by the duty holder.
Thirdly, the demolition survey is the most intrusive type, where surveyors will cause as much damage as is necessary to inspect what the building is made from. As the damage is extensive, this survey should only be carried out if a building is planned to be demolished. Every void, panel, loft, and boxing will be destroyed to give the surveyor full access.
This type of survey is carried out to prevent asbestos fibres from being released into the atmosphere and putting people's lives in risk from breathing it in.
If you're ever unsure whether you should be conducting an asbestos survey, get expert advice to make sure you're abiding by the law and not putting any lives at risk.