Asbestos Survey

Asbestos Survey Companies

There has been a huge increase in the number of asbestos survey companies providing services all over the UK.

 

This is welcome news because this type of assessment is vital for keeping workers and the general public safe from this dangerous material. This product was once commonly used in buildings during the sixties because it was seen as providing so many benefits such as heat resistance. We have since come to realise though that asbestos can be lethal and is to be avoided if at all possible. Asbestos survey companies help ensure that nobody is put at unnecessary risk by contact with asbestos.

What are the Risks of Asbestos?

If asbestos is whole and not damaged then it shouldn’t cause much problem for people. It is only when it becomes damaged that the fibres inside the asbestos become airborne and can make it into people’s lungs. Asbestos has been shown to cause some types of cancer and many other health problems. It is claimed that up to 5,000 people in the UK each year die from asbestos related problems. This is serious and workers who may come in contact with damaged asbestos are the most at risk. This is why asbestos survey companies are required to keep them safe.

It isn’t just a wish to keep their employees safe that encourages employers to engage the services of asbestos survey companies. It is also a legal requirement as part of their asbestos management plan for buildings built prior to 1999. The aim of government legislation is to limit the use of asbestos as much as possible and to prevent it from being used as a building material. In those buildings that had asbestos as part of the structure prior to the legislation the law is aimed at minimising the risk of this. It is vital that building owners not only have an assessment of their asbestos so that they can create a management plan, but also that a full assessment is made before demolishing or refurbishing any area where asbestos is to be found.

What Services do Asbestos Survey Companies Offer?

The different asbestos survey companies offer similar services; the one to choose will depend on your exact requirements. It is always important that you get the correct type of survey as otherwise you may be failing to meet legislation and taking unacceptable risks. A type 1 asbestos survey (presumptive or location and assessment survey) involves looking at those parts of the building where asbestos is likely to be and reporting on what is found. A type 2 asbestos survey (sampling survey) is similar to type 1 but it also involves taking samples. A type 3 survey (full survey) is far more extensive than type 1 and type 2 and is required for demolishing of buildings and refurbishment. The most common type of service offered by asbestos survey companies is the type 2 survey; this is probably the minimal requirement to meet legislation when creating an asbestos management plan.