What is an asbestos survey?
Quite simply, an asbestos survey is to determine whether your premises contain asbestos.
Asbestos was once widely used in all types of construction projects, domestic homes and building materials, so it is best practice to have an asbestos survey done to eliminate any chances of asbestos being present.
Asbestos surveys are designed to identify any materials that contain asbestos so that they can be professionally handled. Asbestos should only be removed by specialist companies.
An asbestos survey, usually conducted by a certified inspector, is an effective way to help manage and identify asbestos in your premises. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis throughout the premises to identify the presence of asbestos.
It will provide an accurate summery of any asbestos that may be present and what condition these materials are in, the location, how much there is and what type. Although an asbestos survey isn't a legal requirement, it is highly recommended that one is carried out before any renovations or demolitions begin.
If a survey does find that the premises contain asbestos materials the appropriate measures can then be put in place.
An asbestos survey should be carried out if you suspect there may be asbestos present, if you are demolishing any area of your premises or are starting a renovation process. This deadly material should be identified before anyone becomes exposed to its fibres. Inhaling asbestos fibres is irreversible and may lead to terminal illness.
Always get a reputable company to carry out your asbestos survey and any work prior.