Do you know if your building or premises contain asbestos? Asbestos is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening mineral that was commonly used in building materials until its ban in 1999. If you own or manage a building in Hampshire, it's important to have an asbestos survey carried out to determine whether or not it contains asbestos. In this landing page, we will detail the process of how an asbestos survey is carried out in Hampshire, as well as explain the importance of having a survey completed by a professional asbestos survey company, such as Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire.
Before we dive into the process of how an asbestos survey is carried out, it's essential to understand why asbestos surveys are so important. Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in buildings before 1999, and it can still be found in many buildings across the UK. Asbestos is hazardous to your health when it's disturbed and becomes airborne, as fibres can be inhaled into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
If you own or manage a building, you have a legal obligation to manage the asbestos within it. This means identifying any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and taking necessary steps to manage the risk of exposure to asbestos. An asbestos survey will identify potential ACMs and determine the risk they pose to your building occupants. Once the survey is complete, you can take necessary actions to contain, remove, or manage the asbestos. That's why having a professional asbestos survey company conduct the survey is essential to ensure the safety of all occupants in the building.
So, how is an asbestos survey carried out in Hampshire? The process consists of several stages to provide a complete picture of any ACMs in the building.
The first stage of the asbestos survey process involves pre-survey planning. A surveyor from Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire will contact you to discuss your building's layout, history, and any previous knowledge of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This initial conversation helps the surveyor to develop a plan for the asbestos survey and assess any potential risks before visiting the premises.
Once the pre-survey planning stage is complete, the surveyor will visit the building to perform a visual inspection, known as a management survey. The management survey is the most common type of asbestos survey and is used to identify ACMs that could be easily disturbed during normal occupancy, maintenance, or refurbishment activities.
During the visual inspection, the surveyor will inspect the building's interior and exterior, including roofs, walls, ceilings, floors, and any other areas where asbestos could be present. They will assess the condition of materials suspected of containing asbestos to determine if they pose a significant risk of ACM fibres being released into the air. The inspector will collect samples of suspect material suspected of containing asbestos, and send them to a UKAS-accredited laboratory for analysis.
Once the samples are collected, they're sent to a UKAS-accredited laboratory for analysis. The laboratory analysis will confirm whether or not the material contains asbestos and, if so, what type of asbestos it contains. The results of the lab analysis will inform the next stages of the survey process.
After the laboratory analysis is complete, the surveyor will assess the risk posed by any identified ACMs, and prepare a detailed report explaining the survey findings. The report will outline the locations of any ACMs found, their condition, and recommendations for their management, removal, or containment.
Asbestos Management Survey - a variant of the Management Survey focuses on identifying, managing, and assessing the asbestos-containing materials present in the building. The surveyor will document the type, location, and condition of asbestos within the building.
The final stage of the asbestos survey process involves developing an action plan to manage any ACMs identified during the survey. The action plan will outline the steps needed to reduce or eliminate the risks posed by asbestos in the building. Depending on the severity of the risk, the surveyor may recommend removal or encapsulation, monitoring, or just continued management.
Now that you understand the process of how an asbestos survey is carried out let's discuss why you should choose Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire for your asbestos survey needs.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is an experienced asbestos survey company based in Hampshire. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced surveyors who are experts in identifying ACMs and assessing risks associated with asbestos in your building.
As an independent and experienced asbestos survey company, we have the expertise and resources necessary to carry out comprehensive asbestos surveys that deliver reliable results in a timely manner. We use the latest technology and equipment to ensure we can detect even trace amounts of asbestos. Our surveyor's knowledge of UKAS standards, legislation, and regulations are updated, meaning we can provide accurate survey reports that comply with HSE regulations.
When you choose Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, you can rest assured that your building is in safe hands. Our team is committed to delivering the highest quality service, and we're always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Don't leave the safety of your building to chance. Contact Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire today for a reliable and professional asbestos survey in Hampshire. Give us a call on 01962 458066, or email us at [email protected] to speak to one of our friendly and helpful asbestos surveyors. Our website, affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk will give you more information about our services.