The Control of Asbestos Regulation 2006 requires the management of risk from asbestos by finding out if there is asbestos in a building, its location and condition or alternatively assessing if asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) are liable to be present and making a presumption that materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not.
There are two types of Survey as per the Asbestos Surveyors Guide HSG:264: (click here for free 2012 Second edition)
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This survey will check all reasonably accessible areas for asbestos containing materials, and where necessary representative samples will be analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory. The survey will locate as far as reasonably practical, the presence and extent of any suspect ACM’s in the building which could be disturbed or damaged during occupancy, including during any planned maintenance or installation, and to assess their condition and potential risk posed. This survey will then form the basis of the building’s asbestos register.
This type of survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition is carried out. It is used to locate and describe, as far as reasonably practicable, all ACM’s in the area where the refurbishment is taking place or in the whole building if demolition is planned. It may also be required before intrusive maintenance, repair work or plant removal and dismantling can be undertaken
How Intrusive Will The Survey Be
The Refurbishment / Demolition Survey will be fully intrusive and may involve destructive inspection where necessary to gain access to all areas including those difficult to reach. It may also be beneficial when there is a need for plant removal or dismantling.
What Happens If The Survey Finds Asbestos
If a survey discovers asbestos materials that are damaged or are vulnerable to damage during normal occupations, the building may be considered as contaminated and the cost of repair may qualify for tax relief.
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