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Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are either known to contain asbestos, or presumed to contain asbestos. 


The purpose of surveying is to make a 'materials assessment', ie


      To find ACM and record what it is, where it is and how much there is

      To record how accessible it is, its condition, and any surface treatment

      To record the asbestos type, by sampling or by presuming

 



Types of Asbestos Surveys


The duty-holder, building owner, employer and surveyor need to be clear on the type of survey needed, where the survey is needed, and what records should result.


There are two types of survey for ACM



Management Survey

The Management Survey purpose is required to manage ACM during the normal occupation and use of premises.  The duty-holder can make a Management Survey where the premises are simple and straightforward.  Otherwise, a surveyor is needed.


A Management Survey aims to ensure:


     That nobody is harmed by the continuing presence of ACM in the premises or equipment

     That the ACM remain in good condition

      That nobody disturbs it accidentally


The Survey must locate ACM that could be damaged or disturbed by normal activities, by foreseeable maintenance, or by installing new equipment.  It involves minor intrusion and minor asbestos disturbance to make a Materials Assessment.  This shows the ability of ACM, if disturbed, to release fibres into the air.  It guides the client in prioritising any remedial work.



Refurbishment / Demolition Survey

The Refurbishment / Demolition Survey is required where the premises, or part of it, need upgrading, refurbishment or demolition.  The Survey does not need a record of the ACM condition.  Normally, a surveyor is needed for Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys.


A Refurbishment / Demolition Survey aims to ensure:


      That nobody will be harmed by work on ACM in the premises or equipment

     That such work will be done by the right contractor in the right way


The Survey must locate and identify all ACM before any structural work begins at a stated location or on stated equipment at the premises.  It involves destructive inspection and asbestos disturbance.  The area surveyed must be vacated, and certified 'fit for reoccupation' after the survey.



Heritage Asbestos Ltd is fully accredited to deal with Asbestos Surveys.


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