There are many things to take into consideration and prepare for when planning a refurbishment or demolition. One such factor to consider is the presence of asbestos in your building. It is a legal requirement for all property owners carrying out such work on their building to have a survey carried out that will identify where asbestos is in your building. Read on to learn how our surveys at Astech Environmental Ltd prevent harmful asbestos fibres being released during such work.
Our team at Astech Environmental Ltd will visit your site on a prearranged date and carry out a thorough survey. We will search through all key areas of your building to identify the presence of asbestos and write up a report that is complete with photographic evidence. This report will serve as evidence that you’ve complied with current regulations and will help us decide how best to proceed.
As this survey is quite a destructive process, as of now, we can only carry it out in unoccupied buildings. This is a result of health and safety regulations, as we cannot expose residents or frequent visitors to the airborne fibres given off by ACMs. Rest assured, our team will still work with speed and efficiency to carry out a thorough survey that adheres to current regulations.
Properties built before the year 2000 are likely to have asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within them. As such, it is required that property owners have a survey carried out to identify the location of asbestos and determine whether action needs to be taken before refurbishment or demolition work. Surveys must be carried out by a qualified team who will follow the relevant HSE task sheets.
Asbestos can be found in various places throughout a property, so a survey will need to cover a building thoroughly to ensure that each area is covered. The kinds of ACMs that can be identified during a survey include:
Any team carrying out a survey will need to check these areas thoroughly, often through destructive means, to identify the presence of asbestos.
Any kind of refurbishment or demolition work that could disrupt ACMs will need to be put on hold until asbestos removal is carried out first. Our team can carry out such a service swiftly and safely. We even offer asbestos sample analysis work that will help us identify the type of asbestos we’re dealing with and give us a better idea of how to proceed.