Asbestos Management Survey
Powell Padilla Limited
asbestos, Asbestos Removal, Asbestos Surveys
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Failure to commission the correct type of asbestos survey can result in unexpected damage to your property and provide the wrong type of information for the purpose you intend to use it for or costs for making good unexpected damage and invasion.
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There are now two different types of asbestos survey: management and pre-refurbishment or pre-demolition detailed within the new Health & Safety Executives guidance ‘Asbestos: The Survey Guide’ ref: HSG 264, this has superseded the previous survey guidance ref: MDHS 100 and its former asbestos survey types 1, 2 & 3. The type of survey will vary during the lifespan of the premises and several may be needed over time. A management survey will be required during the normal occupation and use of the building to ensure continued management of the asbestos containing materials (or ACM’s) in situ. A pre-refurbishment or pre-demolition survey will be necessary when the building (or part of it) is to be upgraded, refurbished or even demolished. It is probable that at larger premises a mixture of survey types may sometimes be appropriate.
Management surveys are required to facilitate the ‘management’ of ACM’s and the purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including any foreseeable maintenance or installation, and to assess their condition. Management surveys will often involve minor intrusive work and some disturbance. All areas should be accessed and inspected as far as is reasonably practicable. Areas should include under floor coverings, above false ceilings, behind fascias, inside risers & boxing, service ducts, lift shafts, basements, underground rooms etc. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. However a management survey can also involve presuming the presence of asbestos. When sampling is carried out as part of a management survey, samples from each type of suspect ACM should be collected and analysed. If the material sampled is found to contain asbestos, other similar materials used in the same way in the building can be strongly presumed to contain asbestos. Less homogeneous materials may require a greater number of samples. The sample number should be sufficient to establish whether they contain ACMs or not. This type of survey can be carried out within occupied premises with limited exclusions in public areas. Sample point labels will placed unless directed otherwise.
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