Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was frequently used in the construction of buildings in Hampshire and throughout the UK. Its fibrous nature made it an excellent insulator and fire retardant, and it was widely used in many different products, including walls, ceilings, and flooring.
However, asbestos is extremely hazardous to health when the fibres are breathed in. This can lead to serious illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. As such, asbestos surveys are now a legal requirement for all properties in Hampshire.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we provide comprehensive asbestos surveys to help property owners identify asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in their buildings. Our management surveys are designed to identify ACMs that could become damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, while our refurbishment and demolition surveys are intended for properties that are about to undergo significant alteration or demolition works.
An asbestos survey is a detailed inspection that aims to identify any ACMs present in a building. This involves taking samples of materials suspected to contain asbestos, followed by laboratory testing to confirm whether or not they do. The survey is conducted in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) guidelines, which set out the procedures that must be followed for the accurate identification and safe removal of asbestos.
There are two types of asbestos survey:
A management survey is a non-intrusive inspection of a building to identify the presence and condition of any ACMs that may be present. A management survey is designed to ensure that any ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy are identified, assessed and managed appropriately.
During a management survey, our surveyors will:
A refurbishment and demolition survey is more intrusive than a management survey, as it is intended to identify any ACMs that may be disturbed during refurbishment or demolition works. Before any major building work can begin, a refurbishment and demolition survey must be carried out by a qualified asbestos surveyor.
During this type of survey, our surveyors will:
Asbestos is a highly hazardous substance that can cause serious health problems when its fibres are breathed in. These health risks were not fully understood until the 1970s, by which time asbestos had already been widely used in the construction industry. Because asbestos was so widely used, it is still present in many older buildings in Hampshire and throughout the UK.
The legal requirement for asbestos surveys reflects the serious health risks of asbestos exposure, and the need to manage that risk in any building where asbestos is present. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 place a legal duty on building owners to manage the risk of asbestos exposure in their properties, and this duty can only be fulfilled through a comprehensive and regular asbestos survey.
An asbestos survey is important for the following reasons:
The survey identifies any ACMs present in the building, helping to locate where asbestos is present, and what type of asbestos it is. This is necessary before any work takes place on a building, as ACMs can be easily damaged or disturbed during work on the building.
Once identified, ACMs can be safely and efficiently removed by our team of highly qualified asbestos removal specialists. We use strict procedures to ensure the safe removal and disposal of any ACMs found during our surveys.
An asbestos survey is essential to ensure the safety of everyone who may enter the building, from workers and building occupants to visitors and members of the public. The survey identifies any ACMs, and the risk they pose, allowing for safe management through necessary control measures.
An asbestos survey is also a legal requirement in order to comply with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The frequency of asbestos surveys will depend on various factors, including the age of the property and the level of occupancy. As a general rule, all non-domestic properties in Hampshire must have an asbestos survey completed every two years. More frequent surveys may be required if the property is undergoing significant renovation or demolition work.
It is also important to have an asbestos survey carried out if there is any reason to suspect that ACMs may have become damaged, disturbed, or are no longer in a good condition due to age or wear and tear.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we recommend that all property owners consider the implications of ACMs on the health and safety of anyone connected to the property or visiting it. By carrying out an asbestos survey, you can ensure that any ACMs are identified and managed safely, protecting the wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with the property.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we have a team of fully qualified and experienced asbestos surveyors who can carry out both management and refurbishment and demolition surveys. We use the latest equipment and techniques to identify any ACMs present in your property, and provide comprehensive reports that detail their location, type, and condition.
We can also provide guidance and advice on the safe management of ACMs found in your property, including recommendations for effective control measures, safe removal and disposal options, and compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.
So, if you need a professional and reliable asbestos survey company in Hampshire, look no further than Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide a safe and effective asbestos survey service for your property.
Get in touch with us on 01962 458066 or email us at [email protected] to find out more about our services, or visit our website at affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk to request a quote today.