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Types of Asbestos Survey
For the purposes of managing the exposure to asbestos there are two different types of survey that can be undertaken by Asbestos Risk Management Ltd, a Management Survey and a Refurbishment / Demolition Survey.
A management survey is undertaken to address the risks from asbestos associated with the continued use of the building (normal occupancy and maintenance).
This type of survey is designed to ensure that no-one is harmed by the continued presence of asbestos in the premises. The purpose of the survey is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos containing material in the building and assess their condition.
Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys
Where demolition or major refurbishment is planned, a management survey is not sufficient to ensure that all asbestos containing materials in a building have been identified. A refurbishment/demolition survey must be undertaken prior to works commencing.
The purpose of this type of survey is to locate all asbestos containing materials, including those which are hidden, so that they can be removed before the refurbishment or demolition takes place.
A refurbishment/demolition survey is intrusive and destructive and is intended to access all parts of the building structure and should only be conducted in unoccupied premises.
Asbestos Management Plans
An essential step in the process of managing the exposure to asbestos in workplace buildings and structures is to put in place an asbestos management plan.
This plan aims to record the presence of asbestos containing materials and the manner in which exposure to asbestos fibres is managed, both during normal occupation and when work which may disturb asbestos containing materials is planned or carried out.
The prime duty for carrying out this function is placed upon employers or the self-employed when they have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of premises which they occupy. Where others, such as the building owner, managing agent or landlord, have responsibility for all or part of the premises, they also have a duty to ensure that the asbestos management plan is prepared in respect of the areas under their control.