The ultimate objective of the asbestos survey is to safely manage asbestos containing materials during their normal usage and occupation on commercial and public premises. The companies engaged in mining, production and manufacturing of asbestos and products which contain this dangerous mineral are required by law to comply with all the necessary regulations of asbestos surveys and clearance of asbestos. The main objective of this safety measure is to control the quantity and concentration of asbestos within a working environment. This is achieved by determining the asbestos concentration in the products or by analyzing the material from a physical perspective. Based on these results the surveyors then determine the suitability of a particular asbestos containing product for safe usage.
There are two main types of asbestos surveys which include: qualified survey and unqualified survey. A qualified survey is the one which is carried out by trained surveyors who are experienced in the removal or detection of asbestos containing materials. These experts are equipped with the knowledge of how to detect asbestos and its characteristic properties. They can also evaluate the amount of asbestos present in a material and the quantity needed to be removed.
In the recent past, a lot of focus has been placed on the construction industry where the main cause of asbestos-related diseases is the presence of asbestos in the structure. This usually results from the thin grouting that occurs while the building is being built and subsequently settles inside the structure. In the absence of an experienced surveyor, it becomes very difficult for the workers to know when they have found this hazardous material in the building. For example, there are some structures where there are many tiny cracks which do not seem to be noticed by anyone. Once these cracks start to propagate and spread, the chances of an asbestos contaminated building increasing drastically increase.
On the other hand, the unqualified survey can be conducted in many places where the hazard of asbestos-containing materials cannot be seen or smelled. Usually the premises where asbestos-containing material has been detected is one of the first places to be inspected during the survey. For example, schools are the most common places to carry out the management survey due to the high concentration of airborne dust in the classrooms. If this material is inhaled then the chances of lung cancer are very high.
The second area where an asbestos survey can be conducted is when you are doing the renovation process. As a rule, it is compulsory that all renovations are done according to the asbestos control board’s guidelines. However, if you wish to take out any specific room or area from the renovation project, you should inform the contractor in advance. The same applies to the tearing down of buildings and the installation of new ones. However, before tearing down a building the concerned agency will first give the building owner a notice for two weeks in case there are pending issues with the renovation plan.
Management surveys are mostly carried out after the completion of a complete structural inspection. If there are materials that need to be removed, they have to be removed very carefully to prevent any health risks. This is where special asbestos surveying equipment comes into the picture. These instruments are designed specifically to detect the presence of asbestos materials in any materials that can come into contact with your premises.
As part of the overall renovation process, the construction manager might ask you to complete an asbestos survey before starting the remodeling process. During this survey, you are asked to check each area that might come in contact with the old buildings or other structures. You are also expected to check the basement or any other areas that were under construction at one time or more. In addition to checking for asbestos materials, you must also check for other contamination that might affect the safety of people when they are on your premises. It is not enough to just say that you will carry out the required pre-demolition asbestos survey; you also need to ensure that no other material can cause serious health problems later on.
When you are completing the required asbestos survey and you find high levels of asbestos in your premise, you should inform the construction manager about it. The manager will then decide what actions should be taken in order to safely remove the asbestos fibres from your property. If you wish to have your asbestos survey completed before the demolition of your premises, you should let the construction manager know so that they can plan accordingly. For instance, if demolition is happening immediately, you should tell the demolition team about the asbestos survey so that they can make sure that all the asbestos is completely removed. If there are still traces of asbestos fibres after the demolition is complete, you should let the construction manager know so that they can address the issue accordingly.