Intrusive or non-Intrusive: What is the difference in asbestos surveys?

For those not common with the terminology or process when it comes to asbestos surveys, it can be quite confusing about which kind of survey is required for a specific job. This may lead you to ask the question, ‘what are the different types of asbestos surveys?’.

Homeowners, business owners and landlords will more likely have their thoughts and eyes on timeframes and budgets, especially focusing on the potential for damage that could end up being costly. Some may be aware of the term ‘intrusive’ when it comes to an asbestos survey, but that does not mean they are fully aware of the differences between an asbestos management survey and one that focuses on refurbishment/demolition.

Breaking down the asbestos survey types

So, you’ve been wondering, what are the different types of asbestos surveys? In looking at both types of asbestos surveys, they are both designed to locate and identify the type, extent and condition of ACMs that exist within pre-2000 buildings, whether that is commercial or residential.

Also, they are both designed to outline the action required to be carried out, be that complete asbestos removal, or securing the material under a detailed asbestos management plan. The differences are as follows:

An asbestos management survey is a standard inspection that covers the accessible parts of a property and is undertaken for day-to-day occupancy or for minor maintenance and repair work. Any non-domestic property that has been built before 2000 is required to undergo this asbestos survey Manchester as a minimum via the regulations in place. This is considered a non-intrusive survey. Samples of any materials would be collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis which will confirm the presence of asbestos and the type of fibre.

Asbestos refurbishment/demolition surveys are applied to properties before the onset of any renovations, demolitions or fitting work can be completed. This work may also involve a combination of both survey types in some situations.

Like the other survey type, this survey one affects all properties built before 2000 regardless of size. Unlike the asbestos management survey, the refurbishment/demolition survey is highly intrusive and requires being undertaken when the property in question is ideally vacant. This survey will have higher instances of the fabric being disturbed and damaged due to the robustness of the inspection to gain access into the fabric of the building to identify ‘hidden’ asbestos.

Experience required

Regardless of the type of asbestos survey, they are required to be carried out by a professional in asbestos removal Manchester.

If you require asbestos testing and asbestos removal Cheshire, contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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