Asbestos Survey

Asbestos Survey Guide

An asbestos survey guide can be extremely useful because it will provide much of the information you need if you are considering this type of service.


Asbestos can be an extremely dangerous material and so the information that will be found in an asbestos survey guide will be of great value. Here are just some of the things you may want to find out more about in regards to asbestos.

  • Asbestos was once a common material that people would use in buildings and other products. People suspected that there were problems with asbestos over a hundred years ago, but it wasn’t really until the eighties that people took this seriously. This was because for a long time asbestos was seen as a wonder product because of its ability to absorb heat. At one stage people even used oven gloves made from this product. The fact that it was so extensively used is the reason why it is still causing problems today and the reason why you may be interested in an asbestos survey guide.
  • When asbestos is intact it doesn’t cause too many problems. It is only really when it becomes damaged due to wear and tear or direct impact that problems arise. What happens is that the asbestos fibres in the material are released into the air and it can then get into people’s lungs.
  • Asbestos has been associated with many different diseases and some estimates claim that it may contribute to as many as 5,000 deaths each year in the UK (mostly due to earlier exposure). As well as certain respiratory conditions it has also been associated with certain cancers. This can be a deadly material and why you are advised to find out as much as you can by reading an asbestos survey guide.
  • Workmen in particular seem most susceptible these days to health problems associated with asbestos. This is because they can come in contact with the material when doing refurbishments or demolishing. An asbestos survey guide will provide the information about what needs to be done to keep workers safe.
  • There is a legal obligation to keep workers and everyone else safe from asbestos. The law applies to any buildings that were built prior to 1999 and require those responsible to produce an asbestos management plan. This will usually involve a survey and you will find out about the exact requirements for this with an asbestos survey guide.
  • There are 3 main types of asbestos survey. The presumptive survey (type 1 survey) involves going to the places where this material is likely to be found and writing a report about findings. A type 2 survey involves taking samples in the areas identified in the type 1 survey. The type 3 survey is far more extensive and is required when there is any type of refurbishment or demolishing work required.

So there you have just some of the information that you can expect to find in an asbestos survey guide.