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 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)
This survey includes standard sampling, identification and assessment, the purpose of which is to 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 any planned maintenance and installation, and to assess the condition and potential risk posed.
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. The 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. 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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