Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in construction and industry until the late 20th century. Although valued for its fireproofing and insulation properties, it was later found to have serious health implications, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Therefore, it is important for premises owners and managers to identify whether or not asbestos is present on their site and to take the necessary steps to manage it safely. This is where Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, a professional asbestos survey company in Hampshire, can help.
An asbestos survey is a comprehensive inspection of a premises to identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) present. ACMs can be found in many different places, such as walls, floors, ceilings, pipes, boilers, and insulation. The survey aims to determine where the ACMs are and in what condition they are in. The surveyor may take samples of suspected ACMs, which will be analysed in a laboratory to confirm their presence and type. Based on the findings, the survey will produce a report that includes:
If you own or manage a non-domestic premises, it is a legal requirement to manage any asbestos-containing materials present. This involves identifying the location and condition of the ACMs, assessing the risk posed to those who may come into contact with them, and taking appropriate measures to control that risk. An asbestos survey is an essential starting point for this process. Without it, you cannot know whether or not ACMs are present in the first place, how much of a risk they pose, or what measures to take to manage them.
In addition, it is important to note that asbestos-related illnesses can take many years to develop after exposure, and there is no safe level of exposure. Therefore, the sooner you identify any ACMs present, the sooner you can take steps to protect yourself, your staff, or any other occupants of the premises.
There are two types of asbestos survey, and which one you need will depend on the type and condition of your premises:
A management survey is the most common type and is required for all non-domestic premises. Its goal is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any ACMs present in the building that could be disturbed during normal occupancy, maintenance or minor repairs. This type of survey aims to manage the asbestos containing materials rather than to remove them.
A refurbishment and demolition survey is required when the premises are due to undergo major refurbishment or demolition. It is a more intrusive survey that aims to locate all ACMs present in the building so that they can be safely removed before any work commences. The survey is designed to provide the contractors with the necessary information for the removal of any asbestos containing materials.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a professional asbestos survey company in Hampshire, with years of experience in providing asbestos surveys to a range of clients across Hampshire and the South East of England. Our team of qualified and experienced surveyors will conduct a thorough inspection of your premises to identify the presence of ACMs, advise on the most appropriate action to take, and prepare a comprehensive report detailing our findings.
Moreover, we work closely with our clients to ensure they fully understand the risks posed by asbestos, and the steps needed to manage it safely. We are committed to providing a tailored and affordable service, whatever your requirements, and are always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you need an asbestos survey in Hampshire, look no further than Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire. Our expert team of asbestos surveyors can provide you with a comprehensive service that helps you to manage asbestos safely, whilst complying with legal requirements. Contact us today on 01962 458066 or email us at [email protected] for a no-obligation quote, and let us help you manage your asbestos risk.